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When the Bully is an Adult

This is a partnered post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Before becoming a parent, I honestly had no clue how hard parenting would be. But after having three children and parenting for the last 13 years, I've learned this job isn't for the weak of heart, y'all. While my children haven't necessarily been bullied by other … [Read more...]

Advent Activities for Toddlers

The Christmas countdown is on! We've tinseled the tree and pinned our favorite cookie recipes on Pinterest. But with a toddler in the house, we're especially excited this holiday season to share our Advent activities for toddlers. For my husband, my older children, and myself, the anticipation of the holiday is part of the fun. We're counting down … [Read more...]

Creative Ways to Celebrate Easter with Your Kids

Believe it or not, Easter is right around the corner. It will be here before you know it, and it’s always a good idea to start preparing early. If you’re looking for ways to make this wonderful spring holiday more meaningful and fun for your children, try incorporating some of these creative ways to celebrate Easter ideas into your … [Read more...]

Planning an At-Home Valentine’s Day Date

Want to do something a little out of the ordinary this Valentine's Day? Here are my tips for planning an at-home Valentine’s Day date with your spouse. Whether you want to stay at home because of budgeting issues, or you just can’t handle the thick crowds and long waits at every restaurant in a 50-mile radius, I think you'll be amazed at how … [Read more...]

Noon Year’s Eve

As the year concludes, I love looking back to remember all the fun and festivities. Yet, one of my favorite celebrations of 2015 actually took place the very last day of 2014. New Year's Eve isn't normally on my list of favorite holidays. I learned the hard way by letting my preschooler stay up until midnight one year! The next year we watched the … [Read more...]

5 Reasons I’m Thankful for My Mom

This is a partnered post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Having a baby changed everything. The amount of sleep I need to function, the time I spend getting ready in the morning, how much I cry watching television commercials -- it all changed when I became a mother. But one thing I hadn't anticipated was how much more I would … [Read more...]

A Dream for my Family

This is a partnered post with MetLife. As always, all thoughts and opinions stated are my own. From the moment I found out I was pregnant with my first child, I knew I wanted to be the best mom possible to my children. During my pregnancy, I had dreams about motherhood and envisioned a life full of laughs, hugs and love. Early on during my first … [Read more...]

Romance After Kids: 7 Ways to Stay Connected

This is a partnered post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I honestly don’t know how my husband and I made it through the three kids five and under stage. To put it quite frankly, there was no time for us. All of our time was devoted to the three little people who call us mom & dad. Every waking moment (and every sleeping … [Read more...]

5 Fun Holiday Traditions That Don’t Involve Elf on the Shelf

For weeks now my social media feeds have been full of the antics of naughty and nice elves. My kids were getting older when the elf-mania started to blow up, so we chose to skip the holiday tradition. For nearly two decades we have managed to come up with plenty of holiday traditions that don't involve elf on the shelf and I thought I would share … [Read more...]

Family Portraits with Tiny Tribe Photography

Tiny Tribe Photography provided us with a complimentary professional photo package. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. After almost 12 years of marriage, we finally had professional portraits taken of the entire family. The last time that happened was on our wedding night, when we were three family members less. I've always wanted … [Read more...]