i forgot how to be the happy mom

The other day a friend of mine told me to have fun with my kids. I said in reply – I don’t know if I know how to do that anymore. Just typing that brings tears to my eyes ....more

Happy Mom Secrets Two: We all Need Starbucks

This. Times infinity. Squared ....more

the harvest years of motherhood

The last several months I’ve had to work incredibly hard. Harder than I’ve ever worked – it’s those days of bone tired, mind weary, keep on pushing, and hustling tired. I’ll wake up before the day breaks the horizon and fall asleep just hours before the alarm is set to ring again ....more

why we need to look in the face of childhood hunger and do something

Eighteen months ago I sat in a white truck driving through the crowded streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. It was a type of crowded that makes our sense of crowded seem silly. Even Times Square at night simply cannot rival this intense density of people ....more

they tell me this is the perfect mom…

They tell me the perfect mom reads to her child for twenty minutes a day and does math facts and creative games. But the real mom in me is grateful that we were able to sit on the couch and I was able to read those two books and listen to the story in the […] The post they tell me this is the perfect mom… appeared first on Finding Joy ....more

the motherhood days we don’t talk about that much but we should

read -> Why Being a Mom is Enough For more reminders about why motherhood matters check out my my dear mom letter ebook - it’s full of letters reminding you why you matter and why you’re not failing and honestly, why mothers are absolutely amazing. I’d love to have you join our community of real […] The post the motherhood days we don’t talk about that much but we should appeared first on Finding Joy ....more

10 Things to NOT do this Holiday Season (and the one thing to do)

1. Stress that you’re getting the very best deal. Let’s face it – there will always be one more deal, one more thing cheaper, and more options ....more

i hope you understand

(a letter, really) but sometimes I just need to stand up for me. I’ve been the girl that will do, say, help, volunteer, smile, help, and never every want to ruffle a feather. Ever ....more

dear target, we all love you.

I know. You’re thinking that you’re just a retailer who happened to choose a logo that looks like a bullseye that is the most perfect shade of red ever. And I know, you went through that phase with the Bullseye dog ....more

i always wanted…but then life happened

I always wanted to be the kind of mom who made the coolest lunches for her kids and put them in fancy lunch boxes and included a hand written note for them. But, truthfully, I’m just not. I’m okay with being the mom that gets up at 6:50 am and races to pack a lunch […] The post i always wanted…but then life happened appeared first on Finding Joy ....more