A Mommy Story

Mom to Cordy the Amazon Warrior Princess and Mira the Drama Queen, wife to a writer, registered nurse, blogger, Renaissance Woman. I never stop learning.

Using HomeTeam™ To Stay Connected To Extended Family

My mom lives about an hour from us, which isn’t very far away. However, with her busy schedule, there are many times she might as well be in another state. It’s often difficult to schedule a time to get together so she can spend time with her granddaughters between our two schedules ....more

The Month of Too Much

There are some months that are just so full – of both good and bad – that you want them to be over as quickly as possible, if just to catch your breath and get back to some sense of normalcy. That was March for me. We’re already halfway into April, and I’m still trying to recover from the previous month ....more

Race Recap – runDisney Princess Enchanted 10k (Part 2)

[Note: This is part 2. You can find the first half of my recap in Part 1.] The Race At 5:30am, the Fairy Godmother took the stage with the race announcers, and provided the countdown for the first corral. Fireworks burst into the sky as the first group took off running ....more

Race Recap – runDisney Princess Enchanted 10k (Part 1)

[Note: I tried writing this recap as a single post. It was nearly 3000 words. To spare your eyes, I’m breaking it up into two parts.] It was after last year’s Disney Social Media Moms Conference, where I ran a two mile fun run through Disneyland, that I decided I wanted to run in a runDisney race event ....more

Review: Disney’s (Live-Action) Cinderella

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re big Disney fans in this household. Just a few weeks back, the entire family traveled to Walt Disney World to spend a week in the resorts and parks, and to take part in the Princess Half Marathon weekend. (I promise a recap post on that is coming soon!) While at Disney, we saw promotions for the new live-action Cinderella movie, of course ....more

Showing Our #DisneySide with a Villaintine’s Day Party (Giveaway!)

Disclosure: I received free products to assist with hosting a #DisneySide @Home Celebration. We wanted to get the kids excited about our late February trip to Disney, so we decided to host a party to build some anticipation for our vacation, and bring a taste of Disney to our friends as well. Since we planned the party the week of Valentine’s Day, we thought a Villaintine’s theme would be a lot of fun ....more

Opting Out of PARCC

Here in Ohio and several other states, it’s currently PARCC testing season. PARCC is short for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, a standardized test created by Pearson (a textbook and testing company) that is being used by several states for assessment of learning standards for third grade thru twelfth, and it’s primary purpose is that it’s a significant factor for teacher and school district evaluations. There’s only one problem: the test is an absolute hot mess ....more

Gluten-Free Pizza Nirvana at Pizza Hut (& Giveaway!)

It was just over two years ago that we found out Aaron couldn’t eat gluten. A lifetime of stomach issues was finally explained with a simple diagnosis. This new diet restriction didn’t come easy, though ....more


Last month, we had what might be the biggest surprise we’ve ever experienced: I was pregnant. Unlike our first two, this one wasn’t planned or expected. Over a year ago, we had considered the possibility of a third child ....more

Escaping Winter At Castaway Bay

I’ve been experiencing the winter blues lately. I’m tired, I have no energy, and my brain is generally mush. I love snow, but this year it came at the worst possible time ....more