Slow down, Summertime

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When I think of summer, I think of long, slow days. Somehow someway though, this summer has been busier than years prior – by what seems to be a landslide. But not in a bad way. I was honestly dreading this season because of the lack of routine. But then, on the other hand, I was really craving carefree, unscheduled days and even a bit of adventure. I think we have managed to fall somewhere in between structure and total freedom. We have just enough going on to bring some consistency to our days and weeks, but we are also flexible and staying up much later than usual. Which brings me to my next point on busyness. Continue reading “Slow down, Summertime”

The Quest for Clutter-Free

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Lately, things have seemed so busy on the home front. I feel like I’ve been rushing from place to place to place. Doctor appointments, kid activities, school open houses, regular errands. Nothing really out of the ordinary, but it’s seemed nonstop for weeks now and shows no sign of letting up. And no matter how hard I try, I just cannot seem to stop piles from accumulating all over my house. Does anyone else feel the same way? If I try to put away the items, it never fails that my husband or kids ask me later that day, “Have you seen my (insert missing item here)?” And then, “Why did you put that away? I wasn’t done using it.” Continue reading “The Quest for Clutter-Free”

What holds us together

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My daughter has been asking for probably a year now to see the place where Daddy and Mommy got married. It’s only a short drive away, so I’m not sure what took me so long to grant her request. But on a random Wednesday, I decided today was the day and we were going to make an adventure out of it. Continue reading “What holds us together”

15 Reasons I am thankful

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I started a small journal this year to keep track of what each one of us is thankful for in the month of November. Granted, this shouldn’t be limited to November – I would love to keep it going throughout the year because I really do feel gratitude is what changes our perspective in life. When I think of all my blessings, there isn’t room to think about the negative anymore. With that said, I wanted to do a list of 15 Reasons I am grateful this holiday season. Continue reading “15 Reasons I am thankful”

30 Ways to Stop Spoiling Your Kids

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Today’s post is a re-post from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. I have always been conflicted on the subject of giving kids an allowance. When I did chores as a kid, I did them because it was expected of me. Not because I was going to get paid for them. But then the author has a point, too, when kids start wanting to buy new things, it is a good way to earn some money. Maybe it would work to have them be paid for other chores that are not their normal ones. What are your thoughts on allowances? Continue reading “30 Ways to Stop Spoiling Your Kids”

The dreaded task of making a phone call with children present

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For the life of me, I’ll never understand why it is so difficult to make a phone call with children around.

All of us mothers have been there. That dreaded moment when you have to actually dial a number and talk to a human or deal with an automated voice prompt. I will go to any extreme to avoid making a phone call to a service provider. Can I do it online? Let me try that first. But sometimes they make you jump through hoops to set an account up, so it isn’t worth it. I don’t want to get emails from them and then there is that whole pick a user ID and password and try and remember it that I don’t want to deal with. Because I have so many stored in my brain as it is. Continue reading “The dreaded task of making a phone call with children present”

My motherhood journey

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Five years ago, this beautiful little girl officially made me a mother. I’ve been feeling a bit nostalgic lately that she could possibly be turning five already – and also in awe that I’ve successfully raised a child at home to being in school full-time.

As I’ve reflected on where the time has gone, I’ve also been thinking about what motherhood truly means to me. Becoming a mother is so much more than being responsible, nurturing and loving to someone else. It isn’t just about the child, I’ve realized. I have learned so much about myself in the parenting process. I feel like the deepest parts of my soul have been uncovered and light has shone on them for the first time. The joy and amazement I feel when my little ones say or do new things is so hard to even put into words. My heart swells bigger and sometimes I feel like it may burst. My pre-kid self used to think parents were a little too sappy – but now that I am a mother, I totally get it. Continue reading “My motherhood journey”

A community divided

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I’ve noticed something about motherhood – the ‘hot button’ issues – they heat up quickly and seemingly divide what could be such a wonderful, “whole” community of women.  My first glimpses of this happened when my firstborn was just a baby. I was literally just trying to survive each day when all of a sudden I found myself wondering if I should be baby wearing, questioning vaccines, using alternative medicine, buying organic cotton clothes – you name it. I didn’t know any of this was a “thing” until I was right in the thick of it. When I was pregnant, I guess I focused only on what I needed to know about pregnancy and childbirth – which was so much already. I think I just figured my instincts would kick in once my daughter was born? Continue reading “A community divided”

Easy Summer Activities

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When I first discovered Pinterest, I thought it might just be the answer I’d been looking for to help pass time on those endless stay at home mom days.  Yet every time I tried one of  the DIY projects for toddlers I had pinned, it was a big letdown.  There was the popsicle stick velcro project and then the food coloring/dropper in baking soda pin.  And this one that didn’t work at all ’cause I’m sure I did something wrong.  And how can I forget the felt Christmas tree I spent hours crafting for her to play with all season that she barely cared about.  The point is it feels like a decent amount of effort to run out and buy the supplies, prep it all, and then my daughter does the project for ten minutes.  Doesn’t seem worth it.

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