Playroom Organization for Moms Who Hate Pinterest

If you’re looking for a color coordinated wall of bins, or a toy bin label printable, you've come to the wrong place. I buy my bins at Walmart, and I don’t actually know what a printable is or why we would call it that. Isn't anything on your ...more

My Kids Are Good Kids

Seated at the fancy Grand Hotel, in Mackinac Island, MI, I started to sweat. A slight panic attack lurked in the back of my mind as I glanced down at the fine china on the table, the massive assortment of silverware stacked around the place setting, ...more

Help Little Ones Learn at Home

Gigi, my five-year-old, wants to know everything about... EVERYTHING! Questions, questions, questions. all. the.time. I love her inquisitive nature and her thirst for knowledge, but boy can it be exhausting answering every question she has. So in ...more

Why Every Parent Needs to Make a Will

It's not something we like to think about, parents or otherwise, but it is a serious and imperative document to establish once you have kids. The #1 reason people put off making a will is the cost associated with it. I'm happy to tell you that you ...more

We Weren't Silent During #NMOS14

Thursday at 7 p.m., thousands of Americans gathered together at vigils in memory of Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri, and the other people who have lost their lives in incidents of police brutality. As those crowds drew together to observe a ...more

The ABCs of 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
Excellent, Janie. I must admit I enjoyed a certain nostalgia in watching my grandkids return to ...more

6 Ideas to Prepare Young Kids for the First Day of 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 at home. It's important to help kids feel confident and ready to tackle a new experience. Follow these tips to prepare for a great first day of school: ...more

On Food Allergies and the First Day of School: She Was Okay

I breezed through the first day of school like an old pro today. I dropped my first grader off outside his classroom then made my way to kindergarten. My brave little girl sat stoically in her seat as I said my goodbyes. I threaded my way through the kindergarten parents clustered around the donut table in the courtyard. Sniffling while their little babies said the pledge of allegiance for the first time behind the closed doors. My carefully averted eyes giving them privacy and refusing to allow their emotions to affect me. I didn't stop for a donut—or a tissue. ...more
I went through and still go through the worries everyday with Holland's severe allergies. It's ...more

Kid-terview: A Walk in Walt’s Footsteps Tour at Disneyland

On our last visit to the Happiest Place on earth. Parker and I got...more

15 Reasons I Am DONE Having Kids (And 10 Reasons I'm Not Sure)

 I dipped my spoon into the molten lava cake and ice cream I shouldn't be eating (and wouldn't be, if I fit into my favorite skinny jeans), and slowly raised my eyes up to his, only to see them trailing off somewhere in the half-empty chain restaurant. I know he's already mentally changed the subject, so I distract myself looking at the kind-of-cute waiter's tattoos and let it go (for now). ...more

Dear Calvin // Four Months

Dear Calvin,You are no longer a newborn, which is both sad & exciting for this mama....more

Packing Light on Vacation

Packing light is an art of practicality and a test in minimalism. As the years pass and we’ve taken more trips as a family of four, I’ve received a first hand education on how to pack light on...more

Friday Fill-In

Yipes, just today I am feelin’ the school year kicking in. ...more

How To Prevent a Bladder Infection

If you don’t like talk about hoo ha vagina hygiene, do not watch this video. I am not a doctor, but I’m pretty sure you already know that- ha. These are my three things I do to prevent urinary tract infections or UTIs after ahem, sex ....more

What Happens After You Divorce Your Abusive Husband?

I’ve often rued the fact that there is no official step-by-step guidebook for divorcing your abusive husband, that you just do it with every ounce and muster of courage and drop of support you can find. I was lucky to have a strong support network, full of therapy and attorney friends, and including my official therapist and official attorney, along with my extended friends and family....more

Catch the Moment- Week 33: Xander

This week I’m continuing with my “3 weeks of Stavish boys” with the oldest, who is just days away from starting Kindergarten. ...more

Paleo Cooking: Easy and Delicious (Recipes Included)

When I talk about eating Paleo, I try to emphasize how easy it has been for me to adapt....more

Some thoughts on staying home...

A few minutes ago I read a post from a great blogger named Bonnie. I was introduced to her page by my friend Meagan, I think...sometimes I get lost so far down an interwebs rabbit hole that I really have no idea where I started or how I got there!Anyway, Bonnie is a first-time mommy and a high school teacher and her post was about the mix of feelings that comes with working outside the home and being a stay-at-home mommy. I've got a little experience in that arena ....more