This morning I sort of woke up, ate a bowl of cereal, sliced up some bananas, changed a diaper, brushed my teeth, yawned, opened my eyes the rest of the way, and popped my contacts in. I paused in front of the bathroom mirror and disgustingly proclaimed, “I AM SO UNCOOL!” For a few moments I stared [...]
Some days I get into a funk. I really try to stay positive. Patient. Happy. Kind. Loving. Joyful. You know, all those ‘good’ things we mommas strive to be. But some days, those attributes feel all but lost. One day not long ago, I found myself in this place. I was miserable. And in turn, [...]
Back in the day when I had just two kiddos and a 700 square foot house, my home was super clean. To the point of being annoying to others, I am sure : ) I was very much ‘Type A’ and that definitely came through in my housekeeping. I cleaned my entire house once a [...]
When I was six I looked a lot like my daughter does now, well except for that necklace chain positioned over her ears and across the bridge of her nose. . . You see, when I was six, I was focusing on making sure that EVERY item of clothing I was wearing matched (which of course included [...]
If you want your kids to do something, turn it into a game. It’s simple but the best ideas usually are right? Want an easy game idea? Read on. Its called the “opposite game” and the rules are simple: agree to say the opposite of what you mean. For example: Me: Ashlyn, I don’t [...]
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My five year old loves Star Wars. When I say loves, I mean loves, plays, dreams, breathes Star Wars. I recently sat down with him to watch a suspenseful scene from one of the episodes in which Yoda battles it out with Count Dooku. We watched the scene together, but really I just watched him. [...]
I’ve been increasingly frustrated with my 3-year-old lately. There are some basic house rules we’ve laid out. She knows them. She understands them. She can follow them. But daily, hourly, even minute-to-minute she chooses not to. And it makes me want to pull my hair out. Why, oh why, sweet child would you dump water [...]
It has been a while since I have mentioned where I am at in the process of publication for my manuscript. This is mostly because I don’t know much yet. I am still waiting. Several weeks ago I was updated that my manuscript is now in front of an editorial team being considered. This was very encouraging [...]
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When I was a child there was a span of time in which I was getting headaches quite often. My mom told me she would make an appointment to see the eye doctor in case I needed glasses. The idea that I might soon be the owner of my very own spectacles was almost too much excitement [...]
Her phone number sat in my inbox for three weeks. Every time I’d check my e-mail, I’d get that feeling in the pit of my stomach, knowing I needed to call. Remembering why I had asked my friend for her number in the first place. I made excuses as to why I hadn’t called yet. [...]
Having three babies in under four years, meant that for quite a long while my season in life was steady, constant and well defined. Make babies. Give birth to babies. Take care of babies. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. When we set out on our parenting journey we were very set on the idea of 2 children. [...]
I have been meaning to have my kids do some artwork that I could frame for quite sometime. I finally decided this would be the week, no more putting it off. My initial plan had been to let the kids use finger paint to create a painting on scrapbooking paper (or any paper that is [...]
I am a firm believer that we were all created uniquely and as such we have have a special story to share with others. Our newest contributing blogger, Jackie McCobb, is no exception. While she could easily be the mom that you connect to at your local MOPS group, her local group of moms is practically a [...]
I remember it like yesterday. The moment when the gravity of being responsible for a tiny, little person hit me like a ton of bricks. Our first son Elliottt was 3 days old, I was adjusting to being a new mamma. The euphoric haze was beginning to wear off. It was nearing bedtime, and out [...]
Last week I shared 7 steps to organizing your child’s art. Now I want to share a fun way to display your child’s art. (Total cost for this project is less than $30.00) 1) Start with a magnetic strip from The Container Store. There are several sizes and styles but the exact one that I [...]
I am so excited to introduce you to another new contributing blogger (can I get a woot, woot ?) Speaking candidly and from the heart is something I treasure in others and Elizabeth is no exception. Today she opens her heart in an honest reveal of self evaluation and as she does so I am challenged to do [...]
Kid’s art work is a fun bonus of having kids. Over the next few weeks I will be sharing some tips and ideas on how I keep my kid’s art work from taking over our home. Some of these tips have been shared in the past. However, last year when we switched from TypePad to WordPress for [...]
Are you guys enjoying our new contributing bloggers? I feel like our conversation here has been broadened and enriched as these new mommy voices have chimed in and I am loving it. I hope you are too. Today I want to introduce you to Melody. I love that she is a homeschooling mother because I know that [...]
This kid is a keeper. Even if he didn’t put every-single-thing he finds on the floor in his mouth (including the floor dust bunnies he collects from under my kitchen stove). Even if he didn’t suck on my chin like a lollipop. Even if he didn’t smile all day long (except for when he is [...]
I remember a green felt dress, a moment that I farted and cried when others laughed at me, a ballon tied to my blanket at nap time. . . Isn’t it interesting to look back into your childhood and wonder at the snippets of memories that surface? They can seem so random (why do I remember the interior of [...]
an important aspect of mothering that often gets overlooked.
Last year I shared with you when I finally crossed something off of my to-do list that had been there for more than 3 years—making a homeopathic first aid kit. I would like to share my kit with you once again as it has been updated with a few new items. The goal: to purchase [...]
When our children were very young I remember discussions that my husband and I would have about what kind of family atmosphere we wanted in our home. Some of these talks centered around dinner time conversations. It was a goal of ours to place high value on having meaningful dinnertime discussions. Over time we have experimented with different approaches [...]
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I just finished making my third “art bookmark” and wanted to share the process for those of you who may enjoy this unique and creative way to turn your child’s work of art into a useable gift. Some of you may remember the instructions below that I originally posted in May of 2010. Several years ago when my [...]
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