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”

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”

Our Favorite Family Tradition. 2017 Edition

Every fall since becoming a mother, I’ve continued a tradition that my mother started when my brother and I were small children.

We bake treats, we dress up in Halloween costumes, and we surprise family and friends with a visit at their home or work.

We never tell anyone we are coming (it’s so much more fun to surprise everyone). This means that sometimes we knock on doors and nobody is home, or that we have inadvertently chosen a day when that person isn’t at work. But this also means that we make plenty of impromptu stops for people we didn’t plan on seeing and the day is always full of visits and surprises and fun. Continue reading “Our Favorite Family Tradition. 2017 Edition”

Life Lately: What We’ve Been Up To

Fall is always a fun time of year for our family. We celebrate all but one of our birthdays (Bea’s is up next in November), which always makes life feel extra full in a special sort of way. And we tend to soak up the last of the warm weather and beautiful changing landscape with lots of impromptu adventures that fill our memory bank and hearts with all sort of goodness. Continue reading “Life Lately: What We’ve Been Up To”

I Gave Up Folding My Boys’ Laundry

I haven’t folded my boys’ laundry for a month now, and it. has. been. GLORIOUS.

My boys are ages 6 and 4, and they create a massive amount of laundry. Between their love of throwing “mud bombs” (help me, Jesus), spilling 3/4 of everything they eat on their shirt/pants/shoes, and the fact that getting to the potty on time is hard because “I’d rather be playing,” all I do outside of all the other things I do, is LAUNDRY. Continue reading “I Gave Up Folding My Boys’ Laundry”

Celebrating Oliver

We celebrated Oliver’s birthday with cheap party decorations from the Dollar Store (including the official “birthday goblet” that everyone uses on their special day), stacks of coconut pancakes for breakfast and a caramel apple bundt cake (made by big brother) for dessert that night. We walked into town for a bag for of penny candy and sat on a bench to soak up the sun while we ate our our treats. We sang “happy birthday” several times throughout the day, and were surprised when Aunt Rhiannon showed up with a special birthday snack. We hugged and we kissed and we cherished the little life that means so much to us all.  Continue reading “Celebrating Oliver”

An Update On My “15 Minutes A Day” Goal

A few months ago, I shared with you my goal to work out for 15 minutes a day.

Although I would describe myself as a regular exerciser, I have one fatal flaw – I tend to go all or nothing. I either go for a morning walk, do a workout at the kids’ nap time, and then throw in a little yoga to round it all out – or – I do nothing. I don’t like living in extremes, mostly because, well, I tend to gravitate towards them. I wanted to change my approach to be a little more balanced and to keep my workouts more consistent, so I gave myself a challenge: exercise every day for just 15 minutes. I could exercise for more if I had time or the energy/motivation, but the goal was just 15 minutes. It didn’t matter what I did, just that I did something.

(You can read that full post, here.)

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