easy nerf gun party

This was such an easy party to plan, and the kids had a blast!

Once upon a time, we only had one or two kids.  They were young and weren’t involved in sports, and our time was plentiful.  Then we had a couple more kids, and they all kept growing, and became more involved in extra curricular activities, and they started having homework.  Once all of this went down, I started dropping the ball with birthday parties.  We just don’t have the time or money to do anything extravagant. … 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.   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 as a mother, or even just in general, grab 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–>

reasons cutting down a Christmas tree is the way to go

We always get a real Christmas tree because we love them, and it is a great family tradition.

If you haven’t noticed yet, we are all about traditions around here.  Most of our traditions include spending time together.  Here’s the deal, B and I both work- a lot.  It’s the life of a business owner.  It’s not like you get to shut down at 5pm, or on the weekends.  No matter how much I try to clock out at a certain time, there is always something I end up having to do.  Add … read on–>

gingerbread houses + toddlers= fun?

gingerbread houses can be super fun to make with kids--and frustrating. if you're thinking about making one, you're definitely going to want to read this!

Years ago, before the birth of wild thing #3, I found a haunted gingerbread house.  It was insanely easy, and we had a blast with it.  Two years ago, I thought it would be fun to make another one. This is what it looked like (by the way, if you don’t follow me on instagram, you should!  😉 ).. Needless to say, we skipped making one last year. This year, wild thing #4 was given … 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 put my baby in bed with me.  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 … 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–>

5 ways to beat the morning madness

if you have trouble getting out of the house on time in the mornings with your kids, you're not alone! here are some tips!

It’s no secret that I am chronically late.  It’s also no secret that I am pretty much a hot mess 99 percent of the time.  The word overwhelmed is a regular part of my vocabulary.  Actually, as I was typing out the post, I remembered I completely forgot to send one of my kids in with lunch money.  Wouldn’t be a big deal if I hadn’t forgotten several times already.  I hope they don’t force … 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–>

60+ random things I’ve found in my mom taxi

kids are gross, and so is my minivan

Life really does get in the way sometimes even when you try to be organized, and on top of things.  It was a busy week here.  It always is.  That’s the story of our lives with kids, isn’t it?? Those that know me, in real-life, have most likely walked up to my mom van, and been told to walk away, or close their eyes.  While my house isn’t spotless, it’s pretty clean.  I cannot say … read on–>