If you know me very well, or at all, you know that I am not the most (or at all) skilled cook. And, also, I love anything with a shortcut. I mean, hey, I'm a busy mom, after all - I have a toddler to chase around all day and I work from home. I need a good hack in my life!Read More
One of my favorite things to do with kids is telling jokes or have them make up their own. I'm not sure if it's because laughter from kids is so joy-giving or if it's that I just really like a good corny joke (and let's be honest, most kid jokes are). But, either way, telling some jokes with kids is usually a whole lot of fun. So, the next time you're looking to pass some time with kids, try telling some jokes from this list of 50 kid-friendly jokes that the whole family can enjoy!Read More
If there is anything I have been dreading as a mom, it's potty training. Probably even more so than I did labor. I heard nothing good about the experience - visions of my son running around naked all day, peeing and popping on everything danced around in my head. Also, apparently, I was also supposed to pump him full of liquids and to take him to the bathroom every 20-30 minutes. I would literally be a slave to the toilet and my child's bowel movements, which had me feeling all kinds of anxiety!Read More
Being a first-time mom is like nothing you have ever experienced. Everyone is telling you advice; your body is completely different from before and you are preparing for a new little human. To say life is stressful is an understatement!Read More
I have some really great summer memories from my childhood and many of them took place close to home. You really don't need to travel far to create memorable experiences for your children. There are many things you can do with your kids that don't require long travel but will make summer epic.Read More
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