Following My Maternal Instincts and Going for a Walk

Before I knew I was pregnant with my first child I knew I wanted to give birth without drugs or interventions. I never questioned that it was best for my baby and myself. When my husband and I agreed to a Cesarean birth for our second daughter, that was also instinct. Our instinct as parents was to do whatever was necessary to keep our daughter and myself safe and healthy. ...more

A Little Family Ritual

I can't remember exactly how it started. Maybe L. was having a hard time sitting still enough to eat her dinner or maybe J. had already started showing her how to take deep breaths when she was upset...I honestly can't remember which came first. Either way we ended up with a little family ritual. ...more
@CindyAmbrose Thanks! We should add some kisses to the mix. I like that idea! Half the time my ...more

Planning Meals (or, trying not to cook the same thing every week)

In answer to a few questions I've received about meal planning...I have a confession to make. Meal planing is not my strong point. Seriously, it's a challenge every week. Breakfasts are usually some combination of yogurt, fruit, toast, smoothies, pancakes, cereal, eggs....more

Savoring a Good Day

I almost didn't write anything today but decided it would be better to post a quick note before I go to bed that to skip it...even if I couldn't find the perfect picture to include in the post. I'm feeling very thankful tonight and wanted to share. I know that's cheesy. Sorry in advance. I'm thankful for my wonderful little family.  I'm thankful every time I feel our little baby moving in my belly. I'm thankful every time L says, "I love you so much mommy!"...more

Simplicity Parenting Carnival: October Call for Submissions

Thanks to everyone who participated in the...more

Loving Our Homeschool Co-op

I have fond memories of attending Montessori preschool when I was a child. I really wanted L to have the same experience but it's not realistic at the moment. While there is a Montessori school in town, it's five days a week and not within our budget at the moment. If I'm really honest with myself, even if money were not an issue, I'm not ready for her to be gone from me five days a week. She is still only two--if only for another month and a half....more

A Special Daddy~Daughter Book

Last week I wrote about what a difficult time L has been having while J is away from home. In that post I mentioned I'd been working on a project to help L deal with the separation...and it's here! It arrived in the mail yesterday afternoon and I gave it to my two loves as soon as J got home from work last night. Now I can finally share it with all of you! ...more

Menu Planning: A Week of Gluten Free Meals, Take 2

Because last night was possibly one of the worst. nights. ever. and the hubby got called in to work today, this post will be short and sweet. I'm exhausted and my equally exhausted child could wake up from her nap at any moment....more

What's On My Nightstand

Inspired once again by my favorite bloggy pal, Justine over at the Lone Home Ranger, I've decided to tell you about the stack of books currently sitting on my nightstand. I've been meaning to for a while but haven't gotten around to it. I really like the stack I have on my nightstand right now. I considered writing posts for each of these books individually over the last few months but I decided it would be better to put them all in one post....more

Loving Prenatal Yoga

Inspired by my friend Justine's recent post about yoga over at the Lone Home Ranger, I'm finally writing this post. It's been in my head for a while but blogging has been on the back burner for the last few weeks! I've done a lot of non-pregnant yoga in my life. I did Bikram yoga for years and also some vinyasa flow and some basic hatha yoga. Yoga always makes me feel better. No matter how reluctant I was to get up and get moving, I'm always glad I did. ...more