6 Tips for Christmas decorating with small children

  Sponsored post: This post is sponsored by the Goldfish brand but the content, and opinions expressed, are mine. Christmas decorating with small children can be a challenge, especially if you’re anything like me, and you like things a certain way.  I’ve managed to figure out how to make it a bit easier over the years.  These tips will definitely make holiday decorating less stressful, and more fun, which is the point, right?? 6 Tips … read on–>

spending one on one time with kids

  Spending one on one time with my kids does not come without a bit of work.  Sure, I spend time with each of them alone.  And, please don’t mistake this post for giving myself a guilt trip because I have to spread myself thin.  I’m realistic enough to be able to tell myself the kids get plenty of attention.  Spending one on one time with kids when you’re already struggling to do everything else … read on–>

11 tips for hockey moms

Hockey moms have to have it together to keep up with this lifestyle. These tips for hockey moms will help to manage all of those early mornings at the rink.

  Hockey has become as much of a part of our lives as going to school, or taking a bath everyday.  For the last 10ish years, we have had at least one child involved in hockey.  In the last 5 years, it’s been 2+ kids involved in hockey.  We are no stranger to early morning practices, and weekends spent in hotels traveling from one rink to the next for tournaments.  Our two youngest have been … read on–>

7 tips for managing a busy schedule

Managing a busy schedule isn't always easy. These 5 tips will help you to stay on top of things, and make family life less chaotic for everyone.

September marks the start of an extremely busy schedule in our house.  Hockey starts (or gets more consistent), school starts (which means homework, making lunches, returning paperwork), and my photography business moves to full speed, along with the rest of life that’s been happening all summer long.  Things in our house have spiraled out of control by the end of summer.  My anxiety is admittedly at an all-time high around this time of year.  Now … read on–>

tips for running errands with children

Running errands with children isn't always a walk in the park. These tips for running errands with kids will make the task so much easier!

Having children rocked  my world in so many ways.  I considered myself pretty prepared having gone to college to work with children, working in a day care for years, having brothers who were 15 and 17 years wonder than I was, and even babysitting a lot (like A LOT) more than pretty much anyone I knew.  I knew I could pass on a few tips for running errands with children. I was pretty sure I had … read on–>

what it means to be an anxious mom

What it means to be an anxious mom means so much more than just depression and anxiety attacks. Many people have anxiety disorders.

Those that know me in real life fall into two categories- people that know about my anxiety, and those that don’t.  I guess everyone who read this will know. If I haven’t opened up to you about my anxiety, chances are you aren’t the least bit aware that this plagues me, but it does.  I have high-functioning anxiety.  If you don’t know what that means, I’m about to fill you in on what it means … read on–>

5 reasons to unplug and spend time with family

There are many reasons to unplug and spend time with family without electronics. I always have to remind myself how much I need this!

Technology has all but taken over lives. I am the last person to judge someone when they are at their phones on the park, or in the store with their kids. Being a WAHM has opened my eyes to the realities of having your phone at the playground, and what that means.  If it weren’t for the ability to check on work at the park, I wouldn’t be able to take off and do those … read on–>

facts about 3 year olds

After being in the throes of living with a three year old four times, we have definitely found some facts about 3 year olds.

After being in the throes of living with a three year old four times, we have definitely found some facts about 3 year olds.  Whether you’re in the middle of parenting a three year old, or you’re on the verge, I’ll bet there will be a few of these you will agree with. Facts about 3 year olds *for your convenience, there may be affiliate links throughout this post, so you can easily find the … read on–>

Ways I have failed to be the perfect mom

I am failing to be a perfect mom

There was a time when I was only (I mean- that’s relative, right?- not yet a mother) a college graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Relations. I was also the proud, big sister to 2 baby brothers that were technically young enough to have been my own children.  (In fact, I actually heard a friend’s mother say- “That’s not her brother, they are just saying that…”  trying to imply he was actually … read on–>

How to spring clean your home with kids

These are great tips for spring cleaning with kids. I hate cleaning. I'll do anything to make cleaning with kids easier.

Spring cleaning with kids is no easy task.  I’ll let you in on a little secret–  I hate cleaning.  I didn’t like it without kids, and I don’t like it anymore now that we have kids.  It’s a necessary evil.  I mean, once the house gets too bad, it starts making me anxious, and I have no choice but to do something about it.  It’s not like I find it calming though.  I’m no Danny … read on–>

being a WAHM ain’t easy

Being a WAHM is a blessing but it definitely has its challenges, and truths that no one really talks about.

Thirteen years ago we found out we were having a baby.  I had just graduated from college, I had visions of being a career mom.  I had never wanted anything more than to be a mom.  Not long after that, I starting being a work at home mom.  I knew that I had goals, and passions beyond having a baby, and working would be something I would want to do. Then I had a baby, and … read on–>

why we choose experiences over things

This is so great! Your kids will gain so much more when you choose experiences over things!

Over the years, we have changed our outlook on giving our children tons of “things” and realized we value experiences of material things.  It’s not a new concept.  In fact, I saw many blog posts this year around Christmastime suggesting parents consider gifting experience rather than material items. We take it a step further and consider this when we are gifting our children anything for birthdays or anything else where gift giving is customary.  In … read on–>

ted talks to inspire mamas

10 ted talks that will inspire and motivate you!

A couple of years ago, I took a business course which showcased some incredibly awesome ted talks.  I was hooked.  I couldn’t get enough of them. And those were just the ones meant to inspire creative entrepreneurs.  I love, love, looove these 10 inspirational ted talks for moms. When I realized there were even more TedTalks to inspire basically anyone, I became even more obsessed.  If you are feeling down in the dumps about yourself … read on–>

New Year’s Resolutions for my kids

I've got a few suggestions for New Year's resolutions for my kids.

I’m all for a good self-improvement resolution.  I may not always stick to them, but I love having goals for myself.  This year, as I sit with my bored children over Christmas break, I have a few suggestions for New Year’s Resolutions them.  I’m not saying they have to do every one of them, but I would be more than a little happy if they would each pick one or two. 20+ New Year’s Resolutions … read on–>

5 questions to never ask someone who chooses to cosleep

Do you cosleep with your baby? Have you dealt with these questions?

Nearly thirteen years ago, I was blissfully unaware that I might not know everything there was to know about raising a child.  I was a young mother at just barely 23 when wild thing #1 was born.  I knew there was no way I would choose cosleeping with a baby.  I had never been around anyone who had slept with their baby intentionally.  I obviously knew everything, and knew that I was right when I told everyone … read on–>