9 Pieces of Advice I’d Give My Younger Self

9 Pieces of Advice I'd Give My Younger Self

Recently my aunt asked me to write some words of advice for her daughter who was turning 13. I loved the idea. But where do I start? The first thing that came to mind (after simmering on it for a couple of weeks, that is) was to wear sunscreen, like the old song suggests. The video below is a song by Baz Luhrmann and was popular the year I graduated high school. I enjoyed it for its poignancy as well {Read More}

Mission: Life Organization, Mom as Project Manager

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School started a couple of weeks ago and I have to admit that I’ve been floundering a little bit to keep up with the sheer volume of management my little people are currently requiring. Every single night there is a stack of papers brought home by my girls that must be dealt with to keep lives functioning smoothly. For a couple of weeks now, I’ve tried everything I can think of to manage the chaos. I’ve created a household management {Read More}

What to Pack on a Roadtrip with Kids

Disney Social Media Moms

As the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration at Walt Disney World is fast approaching, I’ve been making notes and lists getting prepared. One thing that’s been weighing on my mind is the twenty-something hour car ride and keeping the two littles busy enough to not completely drive us crazy.  (Our kids are ages 5 and 1, so your list might be different for older kids). Given the fact that we’ve recently done a couple of 14 hour trips, I’m hopeful {Read More}

My Little Pony Goes to New York City… And Hello Kitty Saves the Day

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In the midst of packing to leave town yesterday morning, I had an idea and grabbed a My Little Pony of my 4 yo’s thinking she’d get a kick out of seeing pictures of this toy on an adventure. I was actually quite pleased with myself for thinking of this as cutesy parenting ideas don’t generally come to me naturally. Starting out the journey in our driveway. At the airport.   Once through security, I reached into my purse to {Read More}

God Love a Husband Who Helps Take Care of the Kids and the House

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I am very lucky to have a husband who takes on an equal share of house, home and children. I think I would go completely ape poop crazy if he did not and am very appreciative of his parents for raising him the way they did. For a couple of weeks now, I have frequently worked 9 and 10 hour days, leaving him to drop the kids off at childcare as well as pick them up. I haven’t made dinner {Read More}

New ebook available! “To Elf or Not to Elf?”

To Elf or Not to Elf? How to Have a Christ-Focused Christmas Without Ruining the Fun or Lying to Your Kids Unless you’ve lived under a rock the past few years, it’s probably come to your attention that Elf on the Shelf is all the rage. Everyone’s doing it and taking pictures of their Elves and posting on Facebook. Kids are going to school talking about the unexpected places their elf showed up in the night. There are even blogs {Read More}

Same View, Different Perspective

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(Written in June 2012) Four years ago around this time, I sat in this chair, gazed out this window at the same building with a newborn girl in my arms. The circumstances are all very similar, but everything about my outlook has changed. Four years ago I was rocking a child, healing from a c-section. While I fell madly in love with my baby, I felt like I was missing out. I had been making fast growth at work and {Read More}

Western Women Are Selfish

note left on my car stating that western women are selfish

A few days ago I took my four month old daughter to the grocery store while my husband stayed home with our four year old and worked on packing up the house for our upcoming move. When I pulled back into our driveway after grocery shopping, I noticed a small piece of white paper folded up and stuck under my windshield wipers. I pulled it out and stared at it in shock. A few thoughts crossed my mind. First, I {Read More}

What a Difference a Year Makes

My big girl holding my little girl

As I watch my four year old go after my four month old on a “tickle attack,” I can’t help but think about how much difference a year can make. Their giggles and squeals make my heart smile. This time last year, my best friend and I had a working weekend at a hotel in Kansas City where we each mapped out business plans and goals for the upcoming year. I had just miscarried, was newly pregnant again and was {Read More}

Homemade Laundry Soap and Dishwasher Detergent

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I enjoy a cheap thrill, especially when it includes getting a great deal on something I don’t want to spend a lot of money on. I’ll spend some money on makeup and skin care products at Clinique, but laundry soap and dishwasher detergent? Ugh… as long as the product gets the job done, I don’t care what brand it is. I saw recipes on Pinterest a while back for both laundry soap and dishwasher detergent. I spent a whole evening {Read More}