Blog Posts

Sep 30, 2016
Having a baby is a major life event and definitely one to celebrate. Having had 3 of my own, I’ve been in different scenarios with each and every one. I’ve lived close to family and then far away from family. I’ve felt a range of emotions that, I’m sure, every mom feels in that postpartum time of life. Thankfully, I’ve been given the gift of a husband (and best friend) who’s been there to support me physically, mentally, and emotionally through all of it.
Sep 28, 2016
We see the horrifying stories on the news, we hear of the Amber Alerts, some help search, and some, unfortunately, wait 27 years to find out the truth of what happened when their child was abducted. This Saturday, Oct. 1, there will be a coast-to-coast bubble blowing to draw attention to missing and exploited children around the world and to honor one sweet angel, Jacob Wetterling.
Sep 22, 2016
Last spring, our oldest boy celebrated his 14th birthday. 14 years! There’s something about that magical number that made me kinda take a step back. When you think about it, it’s only 4 more years until he’s 18. He only has 4 years of school left. That’s 4 more summers. In 4 years, he could potentially be out on his own, making his own way in this world. Holy mackerel, where has the time gone? All of these things and more have gone through my head since that day last spring when my oldest baby turned 14.
Sep 17, 2016
Planning our family’s meals is one chore that’s right up there with cleaning the bathroom… It’s one of those necessary chores I just can’t let myself skip. Without adequate meal planning, we’re more likely to open up the fridge, say nothing sounds good, and order out. Both our health and our wallet take the brunt of not having a good meal plan. Meal planning not only saves time and money, but it also leads to healthier, more nutritious meals. 
Sep 8, 2016
It’s almost 2 a.m. as I roll into bed and close my eyes. Before I know it, the sun’s up, the baby’s whimpering, kids are stirring, and it’s time to start another day. I juggle responsibilities, hanging precariously onto this balancing act called life. All too quickly, it’s time for baths and bedtime, afterward being intense and focused work time for me. Before I know it, my day’s ended, I’m rolling back into bed, and I haven’t really done anything just for me. 
Sep 1, 2016
Not that long ago, we were expecting our third child. We’d saved a few things from our older boys, but quite a few of our bigger necessities were either outdated or had aged poorly while stored away. I knew, from previous pregnancies, not to go overboard when purchasing all the basic necessities for a baby. It’s so easy to do, though, isn’t it?
Aug 25, 2016
Kids are back to school. Alarms are set, backpacks are ready, and lunches are made. The only thing left is breakfast. What to make that’s easy AND nutritious?
Aug 25, 2016
By The Women Bloggers member Mel Lockcuff of Adventures of Mel.
Kids and teachers all across the country are beginning a new school year. For kids, this new beginning means a fresh start, a new year, a new classroom, new friends, and a new teacher. And no matter the time of year, it’s always a good time to show teacher appreciation. 
Aug 11, 2016
Never in my life have I been more aware of time than I am right now. A one-month-old has that effect. Lately, I’ve felt like there will never be enough hours in the day. At times I’ve felt like giving up on creative endeavors altogether, and that’s when my husband reminds me that I’ve never let difficulties keep me from accomplishing what I set my mind to do. And he’s right.

Aug 9, 2016
Going out for the first time with your newborn, especially when you’re on your own that first time ‘round, can be an overwhelming thought. I know… I’ve been there. Part of the reason I wanted to write this was because I wanted to encourage new moms. While that first time may seem overwhelming, trust me when I say that it does get easier. In fact, once you’ve accomplished your first trip out with baby, you’ll likely feel empowered, and rightly so!