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  • When Being Intentional Is Hard

    I really wish we could sit down, with some coffee warming our hands and just talk- face to face- about the real stuff. About those days when life is just downright exhausting and being intentional is hard.

    I remember one of the first times I forgot about a homework assignment for my oldest. I had been tired and not encouraging follow through on our routines.  Life had become busy and there were sick kids, battling a cold myself, and just life in general. So the papers got pushed aside.

    In the depth of that pile of papers, was my son’s homework project. I found it the morning it was due; after he was already at school. 

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    August 30, 2016
  • Tips to Save Money on School Clothes

    As school is back in session, I have been working on sorting through my kids’ clothes. With everything we need to buy at the beginning of a school year, I am all about saving money on school clothes! The supplies can quickly add up so I love to look for ways to save a dollar or two. 

    Below are some of my tips for how you can save money on school clothes.

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    August 30, 2016
  • Calming Bedtime Worries

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RestEasySolutions #CollectiveBias

    Without fail, both of my boys have gone through a phase when they  start to become more fearful at bedtime. Any parent of little ones knows how tiring this can be on everyone. Thankfully, there are a few practical steps, like usingGoodNites Bedtime Pants and having a special bedtime item,  that you can take to help calm the bedtime worries

     

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    August 27, 2016
  • What I Want to Teach My Daughter about Friendship

    When I first found out I was having a daughter, I was overwhelmed with unbelief, excitement, and fear. Naturally, after having two boys, I had figured a little girl was unlikely so my unbelief was there. As soon as we left the doctors office my mind drifted to all things pink and girly. And then in the corner of my mind was this little lingering fear. Kids are mean- my son has had his fair share of issues but girls can be downright nasty to each other. With all that I am, I want to protect my sweet girl from this, but chances are she will have to face a mean girl at some point. I can either live in fear or seek to prepare her.

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    August 24, 2016
  • 9 Action Steps to Take When You are Tired

    Today I am so excited to have Emily, from Morning Motivated Mom, sharing. Ever since I first came across her blog, I felt like we instantly connected. She has inspired me in many ways- especially with goals and being intentional with my time. Make sure to connect with her more HERE.

    We all have those days. When we are tired. Weary. Stressed. Frustrated. Struggling with patience.  I can keep the small every-day stresses in perspective. There are so many trials that would be worse: losing a loved one, losing our home, dealing with great sickness.  I still need to find ways to get out of a down moment or down day.

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    August 22, 2016
  • Choosing Grace in Our Responses

    Choosing grace over anger is a natural struggle as a mom. Many times, I find myself in a tug of war of emotions as anger attempts to win over grace.

    A memory of coming home with my arms full of grocery bags always comes to mind as I think of this. My arms were full of grocery bags as I entered the house, and I carefully set the bags down on the kitchen counters. As I was unloading the bags, my oldest came into the kitchen. With eager hands, he started unloading groceries along side of me. Somehow as he picked up the eggs in his earnest way, the egg carton slipped from his little hands and dropped to the floor.

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    August 19, 2016
  • How to Let Go of Perfect

    Over the years, I realized that I had a deep struggle with perfection. As I became a mama, I knew I needed to let go of perfect, which is, of course, easier said than done. While I know this will be an ongoing journey, I am thankful to reflect and see the steps that have been taken so far. We may never fully conquer a struggle, but we can daily take steps in the right direction.

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    August 16, 2016