Parenting is beautiful, but it can also be very challenging. No one gives you an instruction manual at the hospital when they hand you your bundle of joy. Raising children is the most important thing you will ever do, but it's probably one of the hardest too. The goal, of course, is to raise a happy and successful child. Easier said than done. But here are some tried and true methods to help your kids grow up to be their best selves.Read More
Just under a year ago I wrote an open letter to a lady that was screaming at her child's father in the parking lot of Chuck E Cheese's. That was my first and I thought my only open letter post but, perhaps it's going to be an annual thing. Not really, but I came across something today that I haven't been able to shake, much like that lady in the parking lot. Only this time it was in a Facebook group and it was a well-meaning lady who happened to strike a nerve with me.Read More
There are so many unknowns when it comes to labor and delivery it can definitely be hard to remain calm. As first-time moms, it can be so much harder because everything is unknown. You may have seen someone give birth before, but you do not truly know until you’ve done it yourself. I hate to break it to you but it’s not necessarily easier the second time around. It may be different but not necessarily easier.Read More
We've all been there - you run into your favorite grocery or big box store "real quick" to grab some milk and bread, $50 (or if you really lack self-control, like me, $100) later you're wondering what the heck happened. Sound familiar? I have recently decided that enough is enough. I need to get a handle on my budget and exercise more discipline when shopping.
I've found a few things that really work in keeping me on budget!Read More
Whatever the reason or whatever her story, the single mom may not experience the celebration of Mother's Day in the same way as most mothers with partners.
She probably won't get breakfast in bed, flowers or even a gift. It's not likely that she'll get the afternoon off to have some "me" time or be told "Happy Mother's Day" from the person she created humans with.Read More
Just like any other type of safety (water safety, kitchen safety, etc.), body safety is basically the boundaries and guidelines we set in place to keep us safe and prevent an incident as much as it is within our control. As moms, it is our job to also set these guidelines up for our children to help keep them safe.Read More
When my son turned one, I spent a lot of time creating his invitation. For his second birthday, I decided I didn't want to bother and went old-school with it - store bought and filled in the blanks! I can't be the only one that stresses out over making my own invitations, right? It's time-consuming and can be pretty tedious.Read More
Tot school is great for any busy mom - stay-at-home moms, moms of multiple kids, work at home moms, working out of the home moms... really any mom and toddler can benefit from tot school because it makes quality parent-child time a priority. Find out more about Tot School and how to get started!Read More
When I was pregnant, I was adamant that I would have a natural childbirth. Meaning, a non-medicated, vaginal birth. I wanted everything about my labor to be "natural". Including letting the baby come in his own time – no induction! At my 39 week appointment, I asked the nurse practitioner what would happen if I came in at 40 weeks still pregnant. I asked if I would be told I had to be induced. She assured me that I would not and that it wouldn’t be suggested until at least 6 days overdue and I wouldn’t be encouraged to have one until 2 weeks.Read More