Feeling Like A Real Mom

At the beach

Mother’s Day was not a glamorous day around here. My family brought me breakfast in bed. While I was eating it, my baby threw up – the first of many times throughout the day. She has always been quite attached to me, but was especially so while she was sick. I heard her say, “Mama!” probably no less than 500 times that day. Janssen, from Everyday Reading, wrote a post about things that make her feel like a real mom, which I thought was so fun and relatable. It got me thinking about things that make me really feel like a mom: Staying awake (literally) all night holding a sick baby who will […]

Continue Reading

Links for the Weekend

beach day

I just got back from a few wonderful days in California, and now I’m back in the thick of reality with a sick baby and a messy house. I’m keeping it easy today and sharing a few links to some interesting things around the web from this week. Enjoy! Yes, yes, yes! I was just at the beach on Monday and said to my husband, “My heart feels so peaceful at the beach!” Thank you, science, for backing me up! But this info makes my heart feel not nearly as peaceful… My friend shared this link with me a few days ago, which basically is a combination of my two favorite things! (Yes, […]

Continue Reading

5 Great Mother’s Day Gifts under $25

Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is just days away! If you are still needing to find a little something to show your love and appreciation for Mom but don’t have a lot of extra money to spend, check out these 5 great gifts ideas for under $25. Annie B’s seriously knows how to do caramel! My mom was given some of the sea salt caramels from Annie B’s and I just happened to be in town visiting. It took a lot of self control not to eat her entire package while I was there! These truly are the best caramels I have ever had. They are super soft and perfectly delicious. If you need another voucher […]

Continue Reading

On My Mind Monday: Balance


Can I just say how thankful I am for this beautiful sister-in-law of mine? Actually, I truly scored with all of my in-laws and since we live far away from all of them, I love any opportunity we get to be together. As I mentioned last week, Katherine and her family were in town this weekend and we stayed up way too late Saturday night hanging out together. It was so fun to just sit and talk and laugh… we will both probably pay for that late night for the next few days but it was totally worth it! Our conversations that night have left me thinking a lot about balance. We hear that […]

Continue Reading

Our Favorite Bedtime Books

bedtime books

Bedtime either goes one of two ways in our house: it’s either sweet and easy or a terrible struggle. It seems like there are no in-betweens. The one part of the bedtime routine that is generally pleasant for all of us, though, is story time. We all look forward to reading books all snuggled up in bed. Here are some of our favorite bedtime books that we can’t quit reading! The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton – We’ve read this one to our oldest since she was a newborn and have done the same with our baby. It’s a perfect way to end the night. Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up […]

Continue Reading

Why I’m Happy Wednesday: Holly, berries and more

Hugs from Holly

I love this new series that Katherine started last week and even though it is still a very busy Wednesday, I am full of gratitude for all the things in my life that make me happy. Let me share with you a few of the reasons why I am happy this Wednesday… Hugs from Holly– We having really been looking forward to celebrating sweet Holly today! My daughter and I made little treats to pass out to her dance class to spread some cheer in honor of Holly. My boys, husband and I have written some notes to express gratitude and love in an effort to brighten other’s day the way Holly always did. […]

Continue Reading

Hugs From Holly


My cousin’s family recently lost their three-year-old girl through a tragic accident. We attended her funeral last Saturday, and while there was much grief and sadness, there was also a lot of hope and love. Her birthday was on May 3, this coming Wednesday. To honor her and help spread love and joy, they have created Hugs From Holly Day. Here’s what it’s all about: “Join us this Wednesday, May 3, as we honor and celebrate #hugsfromhollyday. Holly was known to give the best hugs, and her love for everyone and everything in life was contagious. Let’s spread this joy as we scatter sunshine in Holly’s honor on her birthday. Here’s how YOU […]

Continue Reading

Summer Reading Lists for Grade Schoolers


Summer is just a month away for my children and believe me, they are counting down! But their hiatus from a school classroom doesn’t mean they are free from all learning. Summer is a great time to get your kids reading. Most local libraries promote reading with summer reading programs. These really help to keep kids motivated but finding the right book to read can be a bit tricky. Today I would like to share a few of my kid’s favorite books. My oldest son is finishing up 4th grade and is a reading machine. He likes books that get the action happening quickly and keep you on your toes as you progress through […]

Continue Reading

Why I’m Happy Wednesday


When I was in college, Wednesdays were always my longest days. I was often on campus in class, at work, or studying for more than 12 hours. Somehow it ended up this way almost every single semester! That gave me a bit of a bad taste for Wednesdays. Even now that I’ve been out of school for several years, I sometimes struggle with Wednesdays. I don’t mind Mondays because, to me, they’re a fresh start. I still have a bit of that momentum on Tuesdays. By Wednesday, though, the new beginning has worn off, and the weekend can feel far away! To give us all a bit of a midweek pick-me-up, I wanted […]

Continue Reading

On My Mind Monday: Foster Sibling Love

fostering sibling relationships

I have been thinking a lot about family relationships lately; particularly sibling relationships. I am the middle child of three kids. My sister is three years older and my brother is 5 years younger. I’m sure we did not get along all the time, but for some reason I can only remember always loving being with my siblings. My sister was my idol. I wanted to do everything she did and she was nice enough to let me tag along a lot of the time. Perhaps it was her example of a good big sister that created a desire in me to be a good big sister myself to my little brother. I […]

Continue Reading