Do As I Say, Not as I Do

As Sophia has gotten older, I can't tell you how many times people have commented about how similar we are. Comments like, "Wow, THAT'S where she gets that from!" or "I've seen that from somewhere before." And it's true. There are so many mannerisms and traits that I see in Sophia that remind me of myself. From her slow to warm up personality to her strong willed stubborn side, I can confirm she gets them from me....more

5 Ways to Encourage Positive Behavior

There's days in our house where I feel like such a nagger and negative Nelly. But it always seems if our day starts on a sour note, it all just goes downhill from there and we're having a scene from Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad, Day. Sometimes, I feel like a broken record- "Sophia, pick up your toys, Saidey, don't pick up your nose, Will, pick up your dirty socks." And a lot of times I feel like a shadow, following everyone and trying to restore order....more

I'm Actually Excited for my Son to Start School

"Why I can't wait for my son to start Kindergarten..."By Julia Arnold ...more

Raising A Confident Daughter

There's a girl I used to know. She was insecure, she saw every flaw in herself, and she was constantly mindful of how people perceived her. She was lost, blindly following the things she was taught yet searching for a true purpose and answers; she didn't even know her own beauty or worth. But this girl grew, she found herself, and she was blessed with a beautiful daughter. From the moment that little girl was placed in her arms, she realized her soul's purpose. ...more

What "Me Time" Looks Like Now as a Mom. 6 Hysterical Ways Moms Find Time for Themselves.

Before having a child, “me time” had a completely different definition. It meant long weekends away at the drop of a hat, relaxing dinners with friends, shopping excursions and endless amounts of pedicures, massages and alone time whenever I wanted it. Let’s all observe a moment of silence for my former freedoms. Before having Maddy, I can think back to times where I felt bored. I mean, I actually felt completely and utterly bored with nothing to do and honestly, at times, it was glorious....more

Making Memories

Us moms are often so busy with the day-to-day of keeping our families going that we forget how important the memories we're making are. I know from personal experience that the days go by so fast that the memories I'm making with my kids often slip away before I can even take the time to appreciate them. My sketchy memory is the main reason why I blog and why I take pictures, so that I can remember the big and little things that make up the bits and pieces of my life. The memories that I don't want to forget....more

It Takes A Village

*This is an excerpt from a recent blog post. Read the entire post here.*Truth: I am so glad January is over. If that month had one more day, i was going to have a full blown anxiety attack.In order to get February kicked off right, I decided to take a ginormous step out of my comfort zone. After being encouraged by countless mommy friends to find out if my teeny tiny town has a Mothers of Preschoolers or MOPS group, I did. And it is not teeny, tiny....more

I Would Back Burner Running All Over Again

We had another snow day yesterday.I must admit, I was actually happy that the schools were closed.My son was with his dad all weekend, up late with the Super Bowl Sunday night and lately he enjoys sleeping which is the complete opposite of how he used to be when he was younger....more

How to Make Your New Baby + Dog BFFs (with Cute Pictures!)

Tips on Introducing Your Dog to Your New Baby How I got my 108 lb Goldendoodle and 8 lb Newborn to be Best Friends ...more