what it means to be an anxious mom

What it means to be an anxious mom means so much more than just depression and anxiety attacks. Many people have anxiety disorders.

Those that know me in real life fall into two categories- people that know about my anxiety, and those that don’t.  I guess everyone who read this will know.  If I haven’t opened up to you about my anxiety, chances are you aren’t the least bit aware that this plagues me, but it does.  I have high-functioning anxiety.  If you don’t know what that means, I’m about to fill you in on what it means … read on–>

5 reasons to unplug and spend time with family

There are many reasons to unplug and spend time with family without electronics. I always have to remind myself how much I need this!

Technology has all but taken over lives. I am the last person to judge someone when they are at their phones on the park, or in the store with their kids.  Being a WAHM has opened my eyes to the realities of having your phone at the playground, and what that means.  If it weren’t for the ability to check on work at the park, I wouldn’t be able to take off and do those … read on–>

facts about 3 year olds

After being in the throes of living with a three year old four times, we have definitely found some facts about 3 year olds.

After being in the throes of living with a three year old four times, we have definitely found some facts about 3 year olds.  Whether you’re in the middle of parenting a three year old, or you’re on the verge, I’ll bet there will be a few of these you will agree with. Facts about 3 year olds *for your convenience, there may be affiliate links throughout this post, so you can easily find the … read on–>

Ways I have failed to be the perfect mom

I am failing to be a perfect mom

There was a time when I was only (I mean- that’s relative, right?- not yet a mother) a college graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Relations.  I was also the proud, big sister to 2 baby brothers that were technically young enough to have been my own children.  (In fact, I actually heard a friend’s mother say- “That’s not her brother, they are just saying that…”  trying to imply he was actually … read on–>

How to spring clean your home with kids

These are great tips for spring cleaning with kids. I hate cleaning. I'll do anything to make cleaning with kids easier.

Spring cleaning with kids is no easy task.  I’ll let you in on a little secret–  I hate cleaning.  I didn’t like it without kids, and I don’t like it anymore now that we have kids.  It’s a necessary evil.  I mean, once the house gets too bad, it starts making me anxious, and I have no choice but to do something about it.  It’s not like I find it calming though.  I’m no Danny … read on–>

being a WAHM ain’t easy

Being a WAHM is a blessing but it definitely has its challenges, and truths that no one really talks about.

Thirteen years ago we found out we were having a baby.  I had just graduated from college, I had visions of being a career mom.  I had never wanted anything more than to be a mom.  Not long after that, I starting being a work at home mom.  I knew that I had goals, and passions beyond having a baby, and working would be something I would want to do. Then I had a baby, and … read on–>

why we choose experiences over things

This is so great! Your kids will gain so much more when you choose experiences over things!

Over the years, we have changed our outlook on giving our children tons of “things” and realized we value experiences of material things.  It’s not a new concept.  In fact, I saw many blog posts this year around Christmastime suggesting parents consider gifting experience rather than material items. We take it a step further and consider this when we are gifting our children anything for birthdays or anything else where gift giving is customary.  In … read on–>

ted talks to inspire mamas

10 ted talks that will inspire and motivate you!

A couple of years ago, I took a business course which showcased some incredibly awesome ted talks.  I was hooked.  I couldn’t get enough of them. And those were just the ones meant to inspire creative entrepreneurs.  I love, love, looove these 10 inspirational ted talks for moms. When I realized there were even more TedTalks to inspire basically anyone, I became even more obsessed.  If you are feeling down in the dumps about yourself … read on–>

New Year’s Resolutions for my kids

I've got a few suggestions for New Year's resolutions for my kids.

I’m all for a good self-improvement resolution.  I may not always stick to them, but I love having goals for myself.  This year, as I sit with my bored children over Christmas break, I have a few suggestions for New Year’s Resolutions them.  I’m not saying they have to do every one of them, but I would be more than a little happy if they would each pick one or two. 20+ New Year’s Resolutions … read on–>

5 questions to never ask someone who chooses to cosleep

Do you cosleep with your baby? Have you dealt with these questions?

Nearly thirteen years ago, I was blissfully unaware that I might not know everything there was to know about raising a child.  I was a young mother at just barely 23 when wild thing #1 was born.  I knew there was no way I would choose cosleeping with a baby.  I had never been around anyone who had slept with their baby intentionally.  I obviously knew everything, and knew that I was right when I told everyone … read on–>

the truth about tooth brushing

I have the hardest time getting my kids to brish their teeth. this kids toothpaste, actually has my kids excited to brush their teeth!

The truth about tooth brushing I’m not sure what the deal is with my kids, but they it is a constant struggle to get them to brush their teeth.  And it isn’t just the little kids that fight me either. I have literally been given every excuse imaginable when I ask them to brush their teeth.  I can’t be alone, can I??  If you’re stuck in the same place we were, here is a list … read on–>

13 things to teach your son BEFORE he is a teenager

before my son officially becomes a teen, there are a few things i need to make sure he knows.

The last couple of months have been a bit of a reality check for me with wild thing #1.  He has grown taller than me, and lost any hint of roundness in his cheeks.  He laughs at jokes that don’t start with “knock-knock”.  I know there are things to teach your son before he is a teenager. So, I pay him to follow his younger siblings while I work, to hopefully, teach him some responsibility.  On Fridays, … read on–>

7 things I feared before baby #2

I was so worried before we had our second baby. I had a laundry list of things that terrified me.

In this crazy family of ours, there are four children.  There was a time when there was only one though.  There was a time when I had no idea how we would ever be able to love each of our children equally.  The sun rose and set on wild thing #1, and I really had no idea how it was possible to love another one equally. Before wild thing #2 came, I was terrified.  He … read on–>

raising a strong willed child

Do you have a strong-willed child? Can you relate to these secrets about strong-willed children? I know I can!

If you are new around here, you may not know that my day job is family photographer and I am raising a strong willed child.  I get my hands on a newborn here and there, and I love it! Newborn sessions are always different.  Sometimes, babies are super sleepy, and others are wide awake, some move constantly and have no interest in being swaddled, some love being swaddled. This question comes out of my mouth, “Was … read on–>

31 random acts of kindness to help teach kindness to your children

This is a great list of random acts of kindness for any month. We are totally doing this for the month of December.

One of the most important attributes I wish for my kids is kindness.  They are certainly not perfect, and they have their moments (don’t we all??) but they are generally, kind people.  I want them to remember what is important and that kindness always matters. Last year, while shopping for a gift for his brother, wild thing #1 came across a dollar bill taped to a shelf at the store he was in.  Attached to … read on–>