Use These Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Day

Ever feel like there aren't enough hours in one day? I get you. I totally do. Time management is a tricky thing. When I started on my work-at-home journey, the biggest struggle I had was time management. I don't have regular working hours. Sure, I ...more

I Can't Remember My Son's First Words

First, let me say that I love my son. He has brought more joy to my life than I could ever have imagined. Good, now that we have that straight, I must confess. I don’t actually remember all of my son’s firsts. Nor do I have video documentation ...more

Can We Survive a Low-Tech Summer?

For the past few years, I have debated the benefits of letting my kids use technology during summer vacation. Most of the time, we are an unabashedly tech-friendly house. My kids have e-readers and laptops and our house probably has a few too many ...more

New House Rules!

Ridiculous in light of more important rules we need around here, but hey, a girl can dream. Funny thing is, we don't actually even HAVE any official household rules. It's on my list to thoughtfully draft some one day soon. I probably would have done ...more

One Time I Was in the Shower...

I peeled an orange in the shower. I know, it sounds ridiculous, but it really happened. There I was, in the shower, minding my own business, when Tiny-Small burst through the door yelling, “I’m hungee, Mom! I’m hungee!” I told her I’d be out in a ...more

We All Want to Raise Strong, Brave Girls

First of all, just writing that title made me go “AHJHJKJgajgdajsgdjhagdhja” because we all want this for our daughters, don’t we? We all want our daughters to grow up brave and empowered, able to stick up for themselves in an unpressured environment that, frankly, does not exist. And that’s really the root of all of this, isn’t it? The world is a rollercoaster. How do we help our girls ride without puking? Is there an antidote? An emotional Dramamine we can prescribe to keep them from feeling sick as they go up and down and upside down and backwards? ...more
Love this. I have three daughters, and I think empowering them means three things....having them ...more

Beyond Disneyland: California Destinations My Autistic Son Loves

"We love it when our guests are happy!" That's what the red-coated Monterey Bay Aquarium official told me, as she and I stood next to my son Leo, who was blissfully sprawled out on the the floor looking up at a tank full of sparkling anchovies. I had just explained to her that Leo was enraptured rather than upset or injured, and I hoped it was OK for him to be on the floor since his sisters and I were ringing him and he wasn't in anyone's way. Autism acceptance as guest relations policy. What a wonder. What a gift. ...more

Special Needs Kids Can Love Supper Camp, Too

Summer is here again, and you might be wondering what fun activities you can get your child with special needs involved in. Depending on the level of your child’s abilities, you might consider sending him or her to the local seasonal camp at the nearby park. Many cities have parks and recreation departments that offer affordable camps and activities for the children in the community during spring and summer. And yes, there are a number of camps designed especially for children with speech, academic and physical delays, which can provide a great experience for your child....more
Great to see kids just being kids, no matter the ability. Everyone benefits.more

Let Me Get That For You...

I wish I had staged this photo....more

5 Terrific Tween Vacation Crafts & Activities

Some families vacation in Hawaii, others Disneyland, we take fishing trips.  I don't like fish.  I don't like to catch them, touch them, or eat fish.  Ironic, isn't it?...more

WAHM: 5 Tips to Keep the Kids Occupied While You're Working

So my child, my cheeky little 22 month old, has somehow become smarter than I could have ever possibly imagined as an under-two-year-old. I’m not really sure if that’s just because I had no idea what to expect, or if he’s just incredibly brilliant. But I’m going with the latter because…duh, I’m his mom. And don’t all moms think their kid is basically the smartest thing since sliced bread?Anyway, the kid is brilliant, I swear....more

The ICE Train Cometh...

We woke up in Thomas' home for a quick, but lovely breakfast and then we were off with some small packed bags for our adventures in Berlin.Before Berlin, though, we went into Hannover to see the famous "meeting clock." It's a clock in the middle of town that has always been the place people have suggested to meet, therefore, the meeting clock.Marc took a picture of me in front of it because I wanted to be like my Grandpa Willy when he went on his LDS mission here. He took a photo in this same spot. I thought it was just cool (smile) ....more

Bullet Point Bonanza

Tis the season of bullet point blog posts. So each bullet point will be the equivalent to what used to be a full (overly emo) blog post of yesteryear. I'm currently at a coffee shop blogging (!) while listening to Fine Frenzy, which always makes me feel very, very 2006 and pre-married and young-ish ....more

Alexis A. Goring | Featured Author

Enter to win a SIGNED copy of Hope in My Heart! About Alexis Goring… Alexis A. Goring is a college graduate with a degree in print journalism from Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland ....more

What the Heart Needs Most

As I walk around the church parking lot today, I reflect on all the things I've been telling my husband I need and want in my life. These conversations are ridiculous. I'm such a brat! ...more

Five on Friday- "B" Alliteration Style

This has been a great summer so far and we have totally had a blast just throwing caution to any type of schedule and making fun memories. It seems like we have had something almost everyday and we've had more playdates than I can count! ...more

Nanny in the house

I never really saw us as nanny people. That very word seems so pretentious and conjures up images of an uptight, elderly fussbucket who caters to rich families and spoiled children. However, I'm changing my tune ....more