10 Excellent Chapter Books For Young Readers

There are no words to express the joy we felt when our 6-year-old son learned how to read on his own last year. Books have always been important in this house. (With a writer mother and an editor father, it's no surprise.) The Youngster has been read ...more

No, He Really Can't Have It. Please Don't Sabotage My Child's Special Diet!

My son Leo is on a medically managed diet. Which is easily manageable, as long as we plan ahead. Every so often, though, we find ourselves in social situations with dietary complications, and encounter folks who dismiss our, "I’m sorry, he can't eat ...more

Parenting Redux: 12 Things I Would've Done Differently With My Kids

I am grateful for all that I have: amazing kids, wonderful husband, rewarding career, outstanding community. And I don’t regret things in my life. But I know if I could, I would go back and do some things a little differently. As a mother of a ...more

Being a SAHM Is My Financial Contribution to Our Family

I'm certain I'm one of those stay at home moms you would hate. I complain about my kid regularly, about how I don't have much time for myself, and how I shouldn't be spending money on this or that. Hate me if you like, but while I confess to my ...more

On Grief and the Socks That Will Never Be Paired

I've always paired socks. I know some people that just keep clean socks in a basket and the family lives out of that basket, pairing as they go. Or not pairing, just grabbing two socks, all willy nilly and unmatchy. We are a family that pairs our ...more

Breastfeeding: Been There, Done That, Not Doing It Again!

I consider myself intelligent and sufficiently educated. I know the laundry list of stated benefits to breastfeeding. I know it's the best. But, I don't want to do it. I'm scared. ...more

How I'm Trying to Bully-Proof My Daughters

My girls love to climb the trees at their school. As soon as they see me at dismissal, they hand off their backpacks and run away with their friends, sometimes stopping to see me for a quick chat or snack. Most often they're monkeying up the handful of trees lining the school's playground. ...more

How On Earth Did I Become One of THOSE Moms?

A few months ago, my very first friend had a baby. By that I mean that none of my other friends have babies yet (half are just getting engaged, and the other half are too drunk to find their phones). She was the first to become a mom. Throughout her pregnancy we talked about how she wanted a natural birth and how excited I was for her to be going through a midwifery group and to birth in their birth center. She went late, which is normal for first time moms (or, if you're like me, going two weeks late is my due date), and we talked about natural ways to induce labor. ...more

A Calm Life

Sometimes, you know- when I'm scrolling through Facebook and Instagram, I see people, families, lives who are busy. ...more

My Favorite Journaling Supplies

When people see my Bible for the first time, I almost always hear "How did you do that?!" followed by "Where did you get your Bible?" and "What supplies do you recommend?" I shared a video of My Favorite Journaling Supplies way back in March, but I had only been journaling for a few weeks and still had so much to learn! Now that I have been actively illustrating my Bible for almost nine month, I wanted to share an updated list of supplies. It worked out perfectly that I'm talking about my Bible all month long ....more

Loving Through Loss: Day 7

RESOURCES photo taken by Sam Grable Today's resource can be benefited by everyone. Back in March of 2013, just three months after losing Charlotte, I was feeling completely alone. Family & friends were trying to comfort us, but I just wasn't feeling like anyone really understood what we were going through ....more

I'm going to say things out loud {do you need help?}

Dear Hurting Soul, First of all, know you are loved....more

Could you work with your spouse?

I am spoiled. For several years I worked with my husband at the same company, and now we work only a few blocks apart. This means that I am used to being able to have lunch with my wonderful husband on a frequent basis and that neither of us has to go out of our way to spend time together in the middle of the day....more

5 Keys To A Successful Transition to Natural Hair

[ This is a throwback post in honor of my most recent big chop last week after transitioning for over a year] 5 Attributes of a Successful Transitioner Transitioning from relaxed hair to your natural hair texture can be a very rewarding and interesting journey. Alternatively, it could be a frustrating and depressing mission. When.. ....more

little red riding hood's first birthday

My youngest niece is celebrating a certain first birthday this week and her mama themed the party all around Little Red Riding Hood. The wolf being their dog, naturally....more

In Toddler News | Part 34

There are many part of me that says every month that I should stop these 'monthly' updates - because, we are at thirty-four months. ...more

What Life is Serving Up Right Now

Hey all, checking in to wish you a beautiful October day. Gosh, what is it with the changing seasons that causes everything to go just a little bit crazy? Fall has arrived ....more

5 Uses for Parchment Paper in Baking by Bridget

Parchment paper … what did I ever do without you? Let me show you my 5 favorite ways to use parchment paper when baking. ...more