We're All Beginning a New Chapter

"I don't think I am handling this very well," I admitted to my husband. It all started last week. I went to the high school to pick our daughter up from an event. Since she and her friends began driving, I haven't had to retrieve her from school ...more

4 Tips For Letting Your Toddler Help

It was 2:00 on a busy Saturday afternoon, and we had spent the day knee and elbow deep in the mud as we worked to install a new water line to the animal shed. We hadn't even had lunch yet, so I was in the kitchen trying to quickly shred some turkey ...more

6 Great Tips to Help Exercise Happen After Baby

The other night Dave and I were chatting with a group of friends, and one couple, who is expecting their first baby, asked us what the hardest part of adjusting to new parenthood was. It's a tough question, but I said that the most difficult part for ...more

Parenting Is Work Regardless of Your Job

Lately, I feel like articles about stay-at-home parents are exploding: How they're working, too. How it's difficult to get anything done with kids around. How you have no privacy. The lists go on and on.  ...more

To All My Single Ladies: A Letter From a Young Mom to Her Single Friends

Dear friend, I know we haven't talked in forever—like 8 months. I know I forgot to send a birthday card. I know you see my blog posts and wonder how I have time to blog when I keep failing to call you for a phone date. I know it seems ...more

10 Reaons I'm Glad I'm Done Breastfeeding

I breastfed my son until he was one year old and while I am so happy that I did, I am equally happy to be done. There are of course the sweet bits that I will miss, but a full year of making someone's food with my body was plenty. Here are ten great reasons to celebrate weaning. ...more
I nursed all 3 of my girls and I agree with EVERYTHING you listed! I felt that exact "freeing" ...more

The Incomparable Christy Turlington Burns Will Premiere Sneak Peek of New Every Mother Counts Documentary at #BlogHer15

Today I'm thrilled to announce yet another amazing "get" for the #BlogHer15 keynote speaker lineup: Social activist, model, and entrepreneur Christy Turlington Burns!  ...more
How exciting!  Wish I could attend, but looking forward to highlights of the event!more

My Cousins Are the Sisters I Never Had

Among this gaggle of cousins were five girls who lived in Detroit, 90 miles away. A few times a year, they'd descend on my grandmother's house with my aunt and uncle in one fell (and loud) swoop. They'd fill it up with jokes and big-city coolness, and I was consumed with delight every second they were there. ...more

Hitting the High Notes

Today's in-the-car-alone-at-6am-nobody-on-the-freeway-sing-at-the-top-of-your-lungs-and-dance-like-a-fool songs- You should have heard me try to hit those high notes. On second thought, you really shouldn't have. I may have had a pack of dogs following my car.I love 70's music.That is all ....more

Hillsong United EMPIRES — Giveaway! #EMPIRES #FLYBY

My 6-year-old son loves to sing in the car, and I love for him to sing too! Because we only listen to Christian music in the car, he has learned the lyrics to every song — and wow, can he belt them out! When I heard that Hillsong United has a new CD coming out, I was thrilled to be able to preview it with my kids ....more

Turn Old T-Shirts Into Room Decor – Wall Hanging and T-Shirt Pillow DIYs

We are so close to completing Kendall’s bedroom, which would make 2 rooms completely done in 6 months since moving in. I predict we will finish the last room of the house just in time for me to want to start decorating all over again when trends change and robot butlers become a thing. I am itching to show the room off in it’s entirety (hopefully next week!), but for now I thought I’d share a couple simple projects we did over the week to help jazz up the space ....more

10 Things You Didn't Know About Food Allergies

If someone in your family, especially a child, has a food allergy, it can sometimes feel like your life revolves around soy, dairy or shellfish. Reactions to allergens range from mild to life-threatening and should always be taken seriously. To better protect your family, get all the facts about food allergies. Here are ten things you may not have known about this trying condition:...more

The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat

I knew a few kids who were homeschooled when I was younger. Total weirdos. Well, that's how people judged them ....more

Offbeat Holidays in June - 44 June Bucket List Ideas

We like to do snacks, crafts, and activities based on weird holidays. Every day is an excuse to celebrate something. We need no excuse to party. This was intended to be a quick post, since I look up this kind of stuff anyways, but instead it grew into a giant roundup of celebratoriness. This is, perhaps, the best post ever. SO MUCH FUN in one post! It's like a bucket list for the month of June. This post has a lot of ideas homeschoolers and preschool moms could use to take a break from the pesky worksheets and stuff....more

Lit Love Preview: Tantrum Edition

I'm posting about a book before I finish it because I want to see if anyone has any more recommendations for me! Parenting books are something I've been a little intimidated by, so thus far in my parenting journey (all 19 months of it) I've avoided them. I guess it's just such a vast category of reading that I was overwhelmed, and up until this point, most books that were aimed at Ella's age level were about sleep-training and she's (thankfully) been a pretty good sleeper since around 6 weeks....more

Our Year-End Wrap-Up {'14-'15}

I think I need a t-shirt that says "I Survived This School Year". ...more

From Chasing Frogs to Pink Casts

When I woke up yesterday you could say I was a Little Miss Cranky Pants. ...more