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

ABC, Easy at 123, Let's Go 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

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

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
I agree! This is also why I think the sex offender list should list the specific crime.   I ...more

Intentional Parenting Can Wait

I stood at the white picket gate in the backyard and felt it rising in me, from even deeper than the pit of my stomach. That unwanted feeling that I have become more familiar with than I ever wanted to be. Shame. I had snapped, again. I barked at the little face in front of me about being told to close the gate so the dog doesn't get out. I issued ultimatums that this was the last time I was getting up to help him fetch the ball from the neighbor's yard. Next time he was out of luck. I sighed that I just wanted to relax for a few minutes, and he was making that impossible. ...more
I love that you know she wasn't judging you! It's so hard when we are tired/sick.worried ...more

Catch the Moment: Week 34- Firsts

This week I chose the theme “Firsts” after Candice suggested it, since Xander had his first day of school this year. Initially I wondered if I could actually manage 7 photos tied to the “first” theme, but as the week continued on I met the challenge head on. I’m pretty happy with this weeks photos and am pretty exhausted from this first week back ....more

Summer’s Last Weekend.

If you’re looking for something fun to do with your family this LAST weekend of summer, look no more and take advantage of this deal for Como Town. ...more

Musical Chairs

little kid just came out of his room looking completely amazed."Do you know what I just realized?" he asked, with a look of total wonder on his face and his hands spread in front of him as if he held the world's secrets within them."What?" I asked, genuinely curious to know."Everything in the world makes music. Everything! If you just touch it right and listen hard all makes music!""Yeah?""Yeah! ...more

20 Crafts You Can Make for $10 or Less

Looking for an inexpensive project? A couple weeks ago I shared with you these clever over-sized felt flowers as part of a Crafty Hangouts...more

I'm just saying that Eden might not be as dest...

I'm just saying that Eden might not be as destined for greatness as she would like to think she is. Sometimes reality sucks. there's most likely a reason her husband left her that we don't know about ....more

Friday, Friday, Friday!

1. Thank you! First off thanks SO much to all the people who completed the survey this week! ...more

Dick cheese

Dick cheese ...more

"Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pa...

"Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain."You've got this. And you WILL succeed because this is your passion and calling in life. You have succeeded FAR past anyone (abused or not!) ....more

happy for Friday

I've had such a crazy week. ...more

Friday Five

Just five little things on my mind these days… 1....more