I Wore My Bathing Suit to Hang Out with My Kids

Recently I came across a blog post on Facebook were a mom wrote about putting on her swimsuit, pushing aside her insecurities, coming out from under the sun umbrella, and taking off the coverup to… get this… ENJOY playing with her children in the ...more

Can Running Make You a Better Parent?

Enjoy the ride. Although many people run for heart health, weight loss, or competition, others run because it’s fun. The endorphins pulsing through your blood leave you smiling. In parenting, it’s important to have those lighthearted and joyful ...more

Yep, My Real Job Is a Stay-at-Home Mom

I've been having trouble writing lately, trouble finding my voice and trouble finding time to write in this season of motherhood. I feel myself being pulled in too many directions and struggling with self-doubt as a stay-at-home mom. I always ...more

Letting Go, Letting Them Learn

For as long as I can remember, I have been a riddled with anxiety. On the playground, I studied my tennis shoes with hopes I wouldn't be chosen for kickball. I sweated in the 40-degree weather with fear that my face would resemble a pug dog after one ...more

Let's Get Ready for 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 ...more

Pregnancy: Signs You're Ready To Have Your Baby

The last days of your pregnancy are, how do I say it, AWFUL! They drag on in slow motion while you uncomfortably, well, drag on. You simply cannot wait another day to meet that little bundle of joy that you’ve been dreaming about for nine months. You also can’t sleep, you can’t eat, and you can’t do simple things like put on pants or get into bed without an ass kicking from your sciatica nerve. Nope, you can’t wait to shoot that tiny human out of your baby maker. Here are 12 ways you know that you are really ready to have that baby. ...more

Why I Wore My Swimsuit this Summer for the Sake of My Family

Recently I came across a blog post on Facebook were a mom wrote about putting on her swimsuit, pushing aside her insecurities, coming out from under the sun umbrella, and taking off the coverup to… get this… ENJOY playing with her children in the water! So simple, yet something many of us, myself included don't do. ...more
First off, you look great. Seriously. A cute bathing suit and a smile on your face is all you ...more

18-Year-Old Cited for Waving Penis Out Car Window: Justified or Not?

If your kid was charged with waving a rubber penis out of a car window, how would you feel? First, I am not saying what he did was right at all. Small children could have seen this, and I'm sure it offended people. Personally, I would have laughed if it were just me and Chris in the car or even my older kids. Obviously they already know what a penis is. ...more
TW I can totally agree on that. My kids do know to respect the law. I would hope they would not ...more

Coast to Coast Blog Post Party #9

Welcome to the 8th Coast to Coast Blog Post Party link-up at West Coast Mama! This blog post link-up is for any blogger...more

These Eyes

These eyes What did they see? In their life before a family, I don't doubt they saw terrible things. These eyes Did they fear that one person who came to him each day? ...more

This is Beautiful You – Special Needs Edition!

Finally, my favorite post of the week! Every Sunday morning I take some of the photos that you have uploaded to the...more

Printable songs and nursery rhymes for kids – Little Letter “D” Book

Today I’m sharing another free book of songs and nursery rhymes for kids! Have you seen my post with ten reasons today’s kids need nursery rhymes? ...more

How to make the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge more meaningful to your child

When I first heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, my initial reaction was one of distaste. ...more

3 Easy Steps for Teaching Your Child to Read

Super excited to have my article featured at Crosswalk. Here's an excerpt -- head over there to read the rest! Does the thought of teaching your young learner how to read make your heart race? ...more

Thank You For Choosing Me

11 years. Our Steel and Jewelry Anniversary. It doesn’t sound as romantic as our golden or silver for sure, but steel is powerful and strong ....more

Medano Creek: Great Sand Dunes National Park

Medano Creek is where you will probably have the most fun during a visit to Great Sand Dunes National Park....more

Music Makers

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long weekend love.

We’ve been living this weekend, and it feels good and slow and bright and just right. And there are still a couple days left. I’m so full ....more