I Yelled at a Stranger's Kid and I'd Do It Again

I've wanted to write about this for a while, but I've been sitting on it to decide whether or not I still felt justified in my actions, or if I was having a moment of poor judgment. Now that I'm a few weeks removed from the event, I'm going with the ...more

It Won't Always Be This Way... Promise.

Pregnancy: Almost overnight, the life I know becomes a mix of morning sickness, strange food cravings, and raging hormones. A few months in, even getting off the couch requires a serious effort. My back is killing me, my feet are starting to look ...more

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

Why "You Look Like Your Mom" Is the Worst Thing to Say to a Teen Girl

It happens often. When I'm out with my daughter, someone invariably exclaims, “Well, aren't you just the spitting image of your mother?” Outwardly, my daughter smiles. To the stranger, she seems thrilled to be given the comparison. To this mother's eye, I notice a faint twitch beginning to form behind her grin. Or maybe it’s just a bit of nausea coming on. Either way, she's clearly not pleased....more
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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
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Weekend Grace, Football and Holiday Edition

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Sliding out of Summer

It's no secret that I really don't like summer anymore.Summer is usually not a friend to Brenna. The heat can be unbearable and often forces us inside because Brenna can't sweat. The pool water is too cold for her ....more

Why "You Look Like Your Mom" Is the Worst Thing to Say to a Teen Girl

It happens often. When I'm out with my daughter, someone invariably exclaims, “Well, aren't you just the spitting image of your mother?” Outwardly, my daughter smiles. To the stranger, she seems thrilled to be given the comparison. To this mother's eye, I notice a faint twitch beginning to form behind her grin. Or maybe it’s just a bit of nausea coming on. Either way, she's clearly not pleased....more
BlogHer my daughter is 12 and she still smiles when ppl tell her she looks like me. Don't know ...more

Little Things = Big Things

There hasn’t really been much blog-worthy stuff happening on the home-front lately. ...more

Plum Applesauce (GF, DF, V, Paleo, Whole30)

A big huge congratulations to Emily H., who won the Blendtec giveaway! I really wish I could have sent one to all of you. The good news is that I have another fun giveaway scheduled at the end of the month ....more

life interrupted

Over the weekend we decided to tackle the project of switching the nursery, which the kids had been sharing but is very small with only room for a crib, with the craft room, which is the largest bedroom other than the master. I don’t need all that space for crafts, but the kids could use a bigger playroom and this way Meredith can have a “big girl bed” that hopefully she’ll be sleeping in soon (fingers crossed). I have known that something like this was going to have to happen at some point ....more

Welcome, September!

Yes, I already have fall decor on my front door! ...more

Labor Day in the truest sense of the word

16 years ago, our 3rd child was born a few hours shy of Labor Day. ...more

Soup Kitchen Pretend Play

As a mom I want to teach my children that it is important to give to others. I try to get them involved in simple service acts and acts of kindness to teach them early there are a lot of ways to give. You can donate food or just make a card and give it to a loved one ....more

Traveling companions are better than apps

We recently took a 10-drive to New Jersey for a family reunion. (Not in one day. That's craziness.) This trip went significantly better than the last really long car trip we took because of several things:...more