Blog Posts

Jan 26, 2017
I have a confession to make… I love notebooks. I’ve been purge cleaning my office and craft area, and it’s a li’l insane how many notebooks I’ve had stuffed in drawers, baskets, on my desk, pretty much everywhere. I’ve actually found a few I’d forgotten I had. They’re a little like shoes to me, even the plain old cheap ones during back to school season. A girl can never have too many notebooks. And if it’s a cute notebook? Well, that’s just icing on the cake.
Jan 19, 2017
The chore of packing daily lunches for school can become overwhelming for me. Feeding three boys means three filled lunch boxes times five days times all the months of school. That doesn’t include the breakfast and suppers my family of five eats during the week. To keep the lunch plan stress at a minimum, I use these strategies to help me manage the madness.
Jan 12, 2017
With our third baby, I’m reminded that baby food is so simple yet so expensive. He’s at that stage where he’s starting to eat real food, and boy does he ever love his food. So far, we’ve found that he absolutely loves pumpkin, apple, and sweet potatoes.
At this stage, foods are very basic, things like pureed vegetables, fruits, and granola. Ingredients are so simple we could literally puree a handful of green beans and grab a spoon.
Jan 5, 2017
Some parents are really sentimental when it comes to their kids’ old clothes. They hang on to them even though they don’t expect to have another child or have a use for them again.
If you’ve been holding on to some special items that you can’t bear to part with at a Rhea Lana sale, making a T-shirt quilt (or clothing quilt, it doesn’t have to be all T-shirts) is a great way to preserve some of those memories while turning them into something useful.
Step 1: Gather Materials
Dec 29, 2016
“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” - Robert Browning
As moms we tend to fill everyone else’s cup and leave our own to drain dry. Life gets busy, our schedules are full, and we prioritize what needs to be done. It happens to every parent out there. It’s happened to me over the last few years, as I’ve realized that I haven’t been reading as much, I haven’t been listening to encouraging words… I haven’t made time for filling up my cup so I can better pour into my family.
Dec 22, 2016
Who doesn’t love a trip to the library during the holiday season? It’s the perfect time to stock up on books to read both for yourself and your kids. Of course, if you’re checking out holiday or Christmas books, it’s wise to check them out early because they fly off the shelves this time of year.
Dec 13, 2016
This time of year most parents start to wonder what sorts of holiday gifts they can give to their children’s teachers. We want to show our appreciation for them, give them something they will like and actually use, and not spend a ton of money in the process.
There are lots of really cute Christmas gifts for teachers that kids can make or contribute to, and you don’t have to be super crafty to make them. The teachers in your child’s life are sure to love them.
Dec 8, 2016
People in my generation live in a very interesting time. We’ve experienced the best of both worlds, both without technology and with it. When I was a kid, my mom didn’t have an iPhone. She didn’t have the Internet. She didn’t have online forums or Facebook groups. It was a much different time back then. It wasn’t until I went to college that I even had an email address, let alone a computer.
Dec 1, 2016
Christmas time’s a comin’! And every year we love to celebrate this season with our family tradition of an Advent calendar.
Just a little background on Advent… The Advent season includes the four preceding Sundays leading up to Christmas. While the meaning of Advent is so much more than just a countdown… For those who celebrate Christmas, it actually is a really special way of celebrating the season and counting down all of the days in anticipation of Christmas.
Nov 24, 2016
This time of year we tend to think about gratitude a bit more. Maybe it’s Thanksgiving, or maybe it’s the entire holiday season. It’s usually a time when people come together more than any other time of the year. It’s also a time, when as a parent, I’m reminded of what I hope and pray my kids will learn and put into action as they grow up within our family unit.