Harness the Power of Solstice to Forgive Yourself as a Parent

New year’s resolutions are great. There’s a natural momentum to a new year that packs the gym and inspires us to make our beds or refrain from watching reality TV. However, the time before the new year—namely, the Solstice—is also a ...more

My Family Doesn't Need a Perfect Holiday

As usual, I went into the holidays with Pinterest inspired dreams. I dreamed of a perfectly decorated tree and a house that Southern Living could do a feature on. Of course this was completely unrealistic for many reasons. ...more

Don't Have Kids If You Want to Be Happy

If you want to be happy, you shouldn’t have kids. That’s a fact. Or at least, Time magazine and the sociologists who conducted this study so. Parents get less sleep, have less money, and less independence. Parents have more stress, more marital ...more

No Chimney? Leave Santa a Magic Key!

No chimney? No problem! Ease those curious minds by leaving a magical key on the front door so Santa can let himself in on Christmas Eve. ...more

20 Real (and Gross) Things You Need to Know About Pregnancy

I will preface this tale with a small disclaimer: If you had an easy pregnancy, you are one lucky bitch.This is not normal. Should you feel compelled to discount the torturous experiences that many of us have had, please save it for the baby book. ...more

10 Tips for Newly Single Moms

“Sit down and breathe deeply” is what I told myself six years ago, after I heard the voicemail between my ex and her business partner that clearly was not business. All I could hear were the birds chirping outside my window as my body started to go numb. I heard enough to know this was bad news for me, for us. ...more

How To Teach Your Kids About Charitable Giving

Much earlier this year, an old and dear friend, SJ, gave each of my boys a Moonjar. It’s a three-part bank with dedicated compartments for saving, spending and sharing. ...more

How To Use Solstice As A Parent To Practice Forgiveness

New year’s resolutions are great. There’s a natural momentum to a new year that packs the gym and inspires us to make our beds or refrain from watching reality TV. However, the time before the new year—namely, the Solstice—is also a powerful, sacred time. The Solstice, December 21st, when we shift from the darkest part of the year back into the ever-increasing light, is a perfect time to clear the old to make room for the new. ...more
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'Tis The Season

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Christmas Magic from the 'Me' Generation

Many people will say that the current generation of young people are in the "Me Generation". That kids are only about themselves or that they feel entitled to luxuries as staples in their lives. That they're ungrateful or uncaring. But, today, I want to tell you about a group of kids who make many adults I know look like chumps....more

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Why We Love Archery

One of the most beautiful, amazing, yet sometimes heartbreaking part of parenting is watching your child find their way as we(as parents) try HARD to resist the urge to (gently) push them into activities, but instead sitting back and letting them find their way. Will they play football like you did? Will they excel in math? ...more

The Grass Is Always Greener When You Have Stairs

“Mommy, can we live in a house so we can have stairs? I have always wanted stairs.” “Probably not, Riley.” “Yeah. That’s because we live in an apartment.” As a kid, I dreamed of one day living in a city apartment ....more

(Just Pics) - The Polar Express

Francie, Lincoln, Mila and Cadence We finally made it aboard the Polar Express this year - a little holiday-themed jaunt on the Mt. Hood Railroad out of Hood River. We've been talking about doing this for a few years, but I guess I'm glad we waited until the Bean was old enough to at least kind of get it ....more

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Please tell me I am not the only person that finds themselves constantly taking pictures of their kids with the Christmas tree?! I already have pictures of them reading by it, these ones, ones of them looking in ornaments. It's just that they gravitate to it so much...and so do I...so we end up with a lot of Christmas tree pictures....more

Sunday FUNday Link Up #111 + Features

Happy Sunday FUNday Link Up friends! If you’re new here welcome! I hope you all join in on the fun! ...more

The tween scene.

The term "tween"...you've heard it, yes?  A word used describe a kid between 10 and their teens.  In between a kid and a teenager.  Tween.  It sounds almost cute.  I see it all over Pinterest.  "Tween hairstyles",   "Tween fashions",   "Tween bedroom makeovers".    What you don't see is "How to get the demons out of your tween", or "How to ground a tween so hard they'll never see daylight again"....more

Shopping With Jesus

I had a "shopping with Jesus" experience last week.I have this friend, Melody....more