Buckets of Grace

It’s been a tough week over here – we’re living out the line from the poem from whence the title of this blog comes – Babies Don’t Keep. And sometimes, the not keeping, the growing up, it’s hard! Here’s what’s up ....more

I heart Kiwi Crate (try it for free!)

Crafty and non-crafty mamas alike, LISTEN UP. Have you heard of Kiwi Crate? It’s a monthly subscription that sends a box of crafts to your door every few weeks, complete with instructions and everything needed for each craft (plus some extra which is super helpful for those for whom crafting isn’t exactly, mmm intuitive, like me) ....more

Storytellers Linkup Feature Post – A Year’s Worth of Rain

Today I’m sharing this month’s feature post – a story from my friend Holly. I met her at the Influence Conference last year, she’s thoughtful and fun, and her smile is one of those super contagious ones! You know the type ....more

when you’re worried about adding a new baby

I’m pretty sure if I sat down and counted I would know 356 people who are currently pregnant with their second child. I went out with some friends the other night, and one has a newborn, two were pregnant, and one has a wife pregnant with twins. This is the second pregnancy for all of them ....more

Thrive Moms: Genuine Community

Well, even though my kids went to school twice a week all summer, today is a big day because it’s the start of the new year and they’re moving up! They’re dressed in coordinating dresses (shorts and pants are unacceptable in Liv’s world right now, and whatever Liv says, goes in Eliza’s world) and I’m looking forward to the rhythms of the school year. What about you? ...more

Why Small Bloggers Should Go to the Influence Conference

So last year I wrote about how I ended up going to the Influence Conference, a blogging conference held in Indianapolis that calls attendees to...more

Extra, Extra {that time I was an…extra…}

Remember that time I was so nervous I almost threw up to talk to met Kristen Wiig? This is 100% “photoshopped” and by that I mean I didn’t even use photoshop, I used Picmonkey.com and laughed a great deal and wondered if this is borderline creepy. Original photo by Terry Richardson And remember how I left for vacation the day they started filming downtown, and I was super amazed that I got to lay eyes on her, let alone talk briefly to her before she wrapped her scenes? ...more

The Not-So-Tiny Dancer {An #ABDKStorytellers Linkup}

Welcome to the And Babies Don’t Keep Storytellers Linkup! My goal in starting this linkup is to encourage each other to embrace the heart of the lifestyle blog, which is sharing our experiences with one another. Here’s a bit from the intro to the linkup Ira Glass says that “Good stories happen to those who can tell them.” Whether you’re one of those people who always has a story to tell or not, watching for those story moments helps us stay present and fully engaged, and often helps us really drink life in ....more

Mom’s Night Out: A Review

Sometime last spring, a friend invited me to a girls’ night out. I went back and forth but at the last minute, Duff encouraged me to go, even though it meant he’d feed the kids and put them to bed by himself. (Which he does regularly because he’s legit.) So I went ....more

Tips for Styling Straight, Fine Hair

When I was in middle school, I would often wake up on Sunday mornings and lay very still in my bed, so as not to disturb anyone else, with the hopes that we all might accidentally sleep too late to be able to go to church. Almost every week, my mom would burst into my room and look at me like, “Are you kidding me? We’re leaving in 20 minutes ....more