I am sad to say it, but summer is over. I love summer for a million reasons but one of them is I feel like getting ready in the summer is easier. I rarely bother blow drying my hair...
My family and I just got back from a trip to Florida. We live in Illinois so a trip to “The Sunshine State” in winter is an amazing treat. Knowing that the trip was approaching I tried extra hard...
I used to workout at a gym. Then for a while I PAID to workout at a gym that I never actually went to. For some, the gym is a healthy break mentally and physical, but for me, as...
A decade ago I was pregnant with my first child. I remember being asked, "So what's your birth plan?" Some women choose to have very detailed birth plans. I thought having a baby and both of us coming out alive...
When my husband and I found out that our first child was a boy, we were elated. I think the standard answer to the, “What do you hope you’re having?” is, “Oh, we just hope the baby is healthy,...
I have nothing but rave reviews for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I try to describe it and all I can think of is the word “delightful.”  It was one of those reads where I was...
Highly sensitive children are born with a nervous system which tends to be sharp and highly aware of the people around them and their surroundings. They quickly react to everything because they pick up vibes and energies instantly. Such...
The moment I became a mother, I developed an instant drive to protect my children. Some call it the “mama bear” instinct. Whatever you want to call it- it’s there. For most parents out there, the same drive exists...
My whole life I have always been an avid reader. One of my biggest memories from my childhood was getting absolutely lost in books, constantly reading. Fast forward to becoming a mother and I knew books would be a part...
"Mommy, carry me!" "Mamamamama..." "Mommy CARRY ME!" *more indistinct crying* This is a standard morning for me. Demanding humans needing my every stitch of attention beginning around 7AM. I am lucky if I get to drink a full cup of coffee without it...
It can be tough for parents to accept because it makes us feel like we have failed our child. It makes us feel like our child's failure is a reflection on our parenting, and we often either get upset...
"How do I teach my kids about race?" "Are they too young?" "The video is too graphic to show them." Unfortunately, black people, and many minorities do not have the luxury of shielding their children from racism and discrimination. At the beginning of...
Adopting a pet is a big responsibility but weighing in on the pros, it will be a great addition to your family and a great companion to your child. Growing up, my parents introduced me and my brother to...
2020 has been a crazy year so far. With the quarantine forcing us to stay at home, it can be difficult to concentrate on learning anything new. Whether you work from home or work away from home, having your children home...
I love a good, rich story that takes me deep into the lives of its characters and another culture or time. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane did all of that, though the different time wasn’t really all that...
Tiny houses, toadstools, miniature bridges, and decorative stones. These are common things you will find in one of my favorite things - fairy gardens! My daughter and I love to make a fairy garden every year with different annual...
I get a lot of compliments on my children's curly hair (which they got from me by the way). And while I appreciate all the kind words about their curls, strangers, please stop touching my kid's hair. In a world of...

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