50 things to do with kids in summer

We love checking thing to do with kids in the summer off of a list. these are all great ideas!

Yesterday, I read an article about how raising our kids has become a to-do list of things we need to expose our children to before they are adults.  The article was sort of ragging on those of us who value experiences, and feel strongly about giving them to our kids (even if they are extravagant).  While I don’t believe every experience we give our children needs to be extravagant, I do feel strongly about offering … 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–>

65+ magical moments of childhood you need to capture

Childhood moments are fleeting, that's for sure! I love these magical moments that remind me of being a kid. Great ideas here!

There are so many moments that epitomize what it means to be a kid. Those are exactly the pictures to take of childhood.  No, they don’t all take place in one week, one month, or even a year.  They will happen throughout the course of a childhood.  These magical moments are the ones that will make you look back on those days with fondness, even if they made you cringe at the time (but I … read on–>

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.  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–>

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, and one of our favorites is cutting down a Christmas tree.  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, … 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 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–>

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–>