5 Parenting Rules I Have Already Broken

Isn’t amazing how many things you tell yourself you won’t do when you become a parent? I often made notes of other parents around me doing some pretty crazy things to get their kids to behave or how they raised their children. I sat in judgement ...more

Road Trips Don't Have to Feel Boring!

A road trip is the best way to introduce your children to the wonders of the world. Few experiences can be as entertaining and as educational at the same time. However, being stuck together in the back seat can be quite a challenge for most kids. ...more

Really, It's Okay!

When I got married, I went the way of many girls. First comes love, then comes marriage, and so on. I was 19 and didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life. So I did what I thought I probably should do: Bore children and stayed home to take ...more

Yep, We're Going to Disney

Have you ever noticed how once you start thinking about something, it suddenly seems to pop up everywhere? It makes sense I guess; things you never paid attention to start sticking out once they’re already on your mind. ...more

Some Assembly Required?

I’m not sure how I dodged this essential parenting rite of passage for so long, but somehow this Christmas, my daughter’s fourth year leaving out cookies and Scotch, was the first time I had to assemble a toy. On that fateful morning, I re-heated ...more

Say "Candy Hearts!" Valentine’s Day Photo Booth Props

Create your own unique Valentine's Day photo booth artwork! It's the perfect activity for a creative Valentine's Day card for Grandma, a fun crafting party, or those cabin-feverish winter weekends when the kids start going crazy by 10 am....more

Great Quotes About Raising a Child to Inspire You

I recently gave birth to my second child, and it has caused me to think seriously about the ways in which I want to raise my children and the type of childhood that I want them to have. I've reflected on the philosophies that guide my thinking about children, and I've chosen five quotes that I love which best define my own personal philosophy about teaching and raising children. ...more
I don't have kids yet, but I love "It's okay to fail, but it is not okay to not try." Something ...more

10 Great Read Alouds for Your Young Valentines

One of my goals in life is to spend quality time with my family. Reading aloud is a great way to spend time with your children. In addition to building great memories, there are many academic reasons to read aloud. Reading to children improves their vocabulary. It builds their attention span in a way that time on the iPad or a video game doesn't. ...more
Web to Succeed, you will be able to look forward to reading Old Yeller with your son.  The great ...more

I learned a new word: Kaizen

Recently, on The Art of Simple, Tsh shared a word that was new to me but fit in with my style of goals and change. ...more

The Family Meeting

I posted this on Instagram last Saturday night, with stinging, teary eyes and a grateful heart:Keeping short accounts with one another is impossible when seeing through pride-colored glasses. The eight of us found ourselves in the bunk room tonight:... To read the entire post and enjoy other features, please visit the GraceLaced ....more

Short and Sweet

Today was just a day.Nothing exciting.Nothing absolutely terrible.Just a day.It was kind of a discouraging day to be honest.One of the reasons is because I got the psychological evaluations back for the kids and that is just always hard to read on paper how much your kids just don't match up to the "norm."So after reading that email this morning and getting the kids off to school I just took a nap.Yep.Stress makes me tired.And hungry.Since I started yesterday to really crack down on how I eat I thought I would take the nap option.So that was my UP for today.I awarded myself a nap.The End Day 27 of 365 Days of Up ...more

How to Clean a Changing Pad with Just a Few Ingredients!

Cleaning your changing pad doesn’t have to be difficult! Here’s a simple how-to you’ll love! If you’ve got a little one in diapers at home, you’ve probably become quite the expert in stain removal! ...more

Meal Planning, Then and Now

My cooking style has changed significantly since our first year of marriage. Back then, I used cream of chicken soup quite regularly and had no qualms with brownies or muffins from a mix. Now, I make pretty much everything from scratch ....more

Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas

From Medieval Saints on Yahoo and the Experience Project Thomas, son of the count of Aquino, (b. 1225-d. 1274) was first...more

October 2014 Part One

I take SO many pictures with my phone each month. A lot are not necessarily blog worthy or the best quality, but they truly capture all of the fun and crazy moments of our days. Here's my favorites from the first half of October: Selfies with my sweet girl!...more

My Parents Tried To Alienate Me From Each Other After Divorce: Guest Post

Many ex-spouses badmouth one another...more

Some Wednesday things

It’s been a long day. Not a bad day, just a day full of busy and running around and getting stuff done. And so here’s just a few quick things you might want to know about. 1 ....more