My Essentials For Pregnancy #4

And just like that, I’m in my third trimester with less than 11 weeks to go until baby number four arrives. This pregnancy has flown by for me! I’m grateful in some ways, but in other ways I feel like this has been such a blur! I’ve felt great this pregnancy, with little to no pregnancy related sickness and no major complaints to speak of. I always have tailbone issues with all my pregnancies (not sciatica, my tailbone just starts to tilt out waaay too early), so that is a bummer, but other than that I’ve felt wonderful. Now that we are nearing the end I’m starting to experience some growing pains and feeling rather *ahem* large, but I guess that goes with the territory.

In addition to this pregnancy generally being a healthy and happy one, I’ve discovered some things that have really helped me enjoy the experience more and feel my best. I’m excited to share those essentials with you today! Continue reading “My Essentials For Pregnancy #4”

How We Spent Spring Break 2018: Family Fun On A Budget In Northeast Ohio

My husband is a teacher and his school was on spring break last week. We weren’t in a position financially to do an actual get away, but I wasn’t going to let that stop us from having a week full of fun family adventures!

Don’t get me wrong, I love a great beach vacation. But there is something super fun and special about planning little day trips to see things in your area. I love taking advantage of our days off to explore some of the local fun and flavor that is in our own state.

I budgeted $100 for all of our spring break adventures, which meant I had to be very thoughtful about where we went. There is nothing I love more than researching for and planning fun trips, so being creative on a budget doesn’t scare me – it’s part of the fun! Continue reading “How We Spent Spring Break 2018: Family Fun On A Budget In Northeast Ohio”

The Problem With Mom Guilt

Spend any time around moms – be it on social media or in a real life social setting – and I guarantee that before too long you’ll hear references to mom guilt. Some moms will bemoan it. Others will poke fun at it. But rest assured – almost all moms talk about it. It’s a part of our vocabulary. A part of our subconscious. And between blogs and memes and discussions over Friday night cocktails and Saturday morning coffee, it’s quickly becoming a part of our social fabric.

But here is the problem.

Mom guilt, as we know it, isn’t real. And the misappropriation of this word has some serious consequences.  Continue reading “The Problem With Mom Guilt”

Discovering Daily Rhythms vs Daily Schedules

Lately, we’ve really hit our stride with homeschooling. Actually, I feel like I’ve hit my stride a bit more as a mom in general, too. That is not to say things are easier or that the kids have stopped being kids or that I’ve suddenly stumbled upon the secret to making motherhood a snap. Really, it’s all boiled down to two things: perspective, and finding a good fit for my own personal brand of motherhood.

I’ve been in this whole momming gig for almost seven years now and I’ve been homeschooling for a little over a year. I can honestly say I’ve never felt “good” at either one. It’s not that I haven’t enjoyed it, I’ve just always felt this tension between all the things I thought/wanted and all the things that were actually happening.

You are given a lot of advice as a mom. I’m starting to realize that good advice is only good advice if its good for you.

Case in point: scheduling. Continue reading “Discovering Daily Rhythms vs Daily Schedules”

Great Relationship Movies To Watch (Even If You Aren’t In A Relationship)

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d share some of my favorite relationship movies. I thought it would be extra fun to include a few movie suggestions from my friends, too! Listed below are all our top picks for what to watch this week, even if you aren’t in a relationship.  Continue reading “Great Relationship Movies To Watch (Even If You Aren’t In A Relationship)”

My Two Words For 2018: Dwell & Savor

I chose two words for 2018: dwell and savor. I couldn’t just pick one (and who says I have to?). Individually they describe a feeling that matters to me; together, they describe a life.

dwell

(dwĕl)

  1. To live as a resident; reside.
  2. To exist in a given place or state: dwell in joy.

 

sa·vor

(sā′vər)

  1. To taste or smell, especially with pleasure: savored each morsel of the feast.
  2. To appreciate fully; enjoy or relish: I want to savor this moment of accomplishment.

Continue reading “My Two Words For 2018: Dwell & Savor”

My Best Tips For Getting Kids To Be Good Eaters

No one ever warned me that meal time would be the most contentious time of day as a mother. I’ve always heard the horror stories of bed times gone awry, but everyone failed to mention the daily struggles that can accompany trying to get your kids to eat.

For most parents I know, we’ve all shared the same meal time charade of trying to convince our kids that we don’t in fact hate them, no matter how offended they are by our plate offerings. Continue reading “My Best Tips For Getting Kids To Be Good Eaters”

When We Want More But Keep Choosing Less

2018 is almost upon us, so you know what that means. Everyone from your favorite podcasters to your yoga instructor is asking you to start setting your goals and intentions for the new year.

I have a lot of thoughts about 2018. I think it’s going to be a really good year. Why? Do I know something in particular about this coming year that will really set it apart?

No. Not really.

But I have learned some things in the previous years that I plan to carry with me in order to make next year, great.

And that’s what I want to talk to you about today: Perspective. Planning. Purposeful living.

I would like to propose to you that the biggest barrier between you and achieving the kind of life you want to lead is NOT  circumstances or timing or other people and is almost entirely one thing. You.  Continue reading “When We Want More But Keep Choosing Less”