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Ten Things about Military Wives you Probably Don’t Want to Know Thumbnail

A couple of years ago, I wrote a post for Yahoo! called "Ten Things you May not Know about Military Wives."   Lots of people read it. It was truthful, but a feel good piece. And now, I want to offer you the dark side. One of my close military wife friends said this to [...]

What Will Our Children Remember? Thumbnail

As I pulled her covers right up against her chin, she curled into the fetal position with a giant grin on her face. Then, the next step in our nightly ritual: she asked, “Do you want an A sandwich?” It’s this adorable thing she’s been doing lately, where she has me and my husband stand [...]

Why I Lie To My Child About Santa Claus And Strawberries Thumbnail

Early on we got asked, and if you've got a school-aged kid you probably got asked too, and if you've got a bun in the oven, get ready because it's coming this holiday season: will your kid believe in Santa Claus? On the one end, “It's a lie and I'm not going to lie to [...]

Nursing in Style: The Best Breastfeeding Clothing You’ll Ever Wear Thumbnail

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kinwolfe. The opinions and text are all mine. There is a fashion compromise every mother makes with herself if she chooses to breastfeed. Basically, for that amount of time, whether it be weeks or over a year, she knows she will wear frumpy clothing. [...]

DIY Thanksgiving “Giving Thanks” Centerpiece Thumbnail

With just a couple of weeks until Thanksgiving, I wanted to share a little project I put together during my girls' naptime: a centerpiece for our Thanksgiving dinner table that's both beautiful and a conversation piece. See, woven into the centerpiece are beautiful golden strips of vellum on which we'll all write what we're thankful [...]

My Favorite Time Of Day Thumbnail

I love E’s bedtime. I know, I know most parents say bedtime is their favorite time of day, especially on those crazy, grumpy baby days. I do enjoy bedtime for the reprieve that follows, but that’s not what bumps it up to my favorite time of day. Let me start off by admitting that E’s [...]

The Single Most Important Trait I Want to Develop in My Kids Thumbnail

Every once in a while, I’ll be in the middle of some mundane act of parenting, like changing a diaper, and I’ll get this flash-forward. My brain drifts off, and I can imagine one of my children as an adult---what she’ll look like, how she’ll speak, what will interest her. I visualize a confident, well-dressed young [...]

Finally, We’re Home Thumbnail

Finally, We’re Home

Image Source This week, I had to pick my son up from school early because he got sick. That's the first time it's happened, and I know there'll be more times. I walked in purposefully, quickly, my keys in one pocket and my cell phone in another, unsure what I would find. I turned the [...]

5 Words We Use In New Zealand That Y’all Should Use Too Thumbnail

Separated by a common language they say, and it's truth, let me tell you. I've lived outside the US for going on three years now and I reckon my word choice and accent have changed like new clothes in summer. See that: "reckon." I used to say "reckon" every now and then back in the day, [...]

Bringing Austin Style Home Thumbnail

A few weeks ago, our family ventured out of Houston and spent a week in Austin, about 3 hours away, and we loved it! What an awesome city! Austin has everything to offer. It's the state capitol, so it's got that political/DC vibe I've been missing. UT's campus means lots of active young adults all [...]