Daddy and Me

Ross {aka the hubby} works long hours. If you have read any of my other posts, I have mentioned it before.  He is gone before we wake up, and usually makes it home just in time for bed times. Ross also travels with work. So on the weeks that he is gone, Jackson gets no daddy time {except for FaceTime}.   While this kinda stinks and makes for loooong days, we are blessed that he has a wonderful job.  Lydia isn't old enough to really know any different right now, but Jackson is starting to take notice....more

A Day in the Life of a 2 Year Old

Hi.I'm E, Frantic Mama's 2 year-old daughter.  That's me, in the picture there.  I was riding my brother's McQueen car around the basement this morning while it was still dark outside.  FAST!  Really, really fast.  In circles.   ...more

Valentine's Day Discovery Bottles: Use Buttons, Water, & Glitter for Fun Learning

This past week I decided to make some Valentine's Day themed discovery bottles for my babies. Discovery bottles are a great way for infants and toddlers to have a fun sensory experience and some playful learning. These simple DIY toys will allow little ones to explore: ...more

Moments with Maisy: Bubble Time

As we head into the long weekend, I want to share a little childhood joy in the hopes that Maisy's smiles over bubbles brighten your day as much as they brighten mine....more

I Spoil My Toddler. So what?

We've been having some problems with Erin lately. By 'problems', I mean.. fits. Tantrums. Screams. Cries. Attitude.  She is extremely attached to me. She likes to sit on my lap, hold my hand, be carried, and especially be cuddled. And when she doesn't get to do those things, she gets upset. If I have to sit her down for any reason, especially when we are in public or around other people, she will cry. But that is when she is happiest, and honestly I am too....more

The Joy of Not Rushing

One of the things I pride myself on is my ability to estimate how long something will take and plan accordingly. I'm rarely late and usually early for appointments, school drop-offs and pick-ups, get-togethers, and so on.Having four kids, two of whom are toddlers, has made everything take a little longer. It took me a little while to learn to pad my time estimates, but I'm pretty much on my game these days....more

Why I'm Giving My Daughter Presence This Christmas

 “Mommy, put your phone down. Pway with me.”Those were the words that made me reassess who I am to my daughter....more

10 Reasons I Breastfed My Toddlers

Twelve years ago, when our first kid was a toddler, we had a childless couple over for dinner. We were chatting in the living room when our adorable almost-3-year-old walked up, leaned her elbow on the arm of my chair, and dropped a verbal bomb. Just two little words (well, three, technically), and she said them so nonchalantly—as if she were casually offering me a cookie—that I almost spat my water across the room."Wanna nurse?"...more

7 Tips for Surviving the Ice Capades with Your Sanity

 The e-mail burned in my inbox one Summer morning.The Subject: “Exclusive Presale: Disney On Ice presents Frozen”...more