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Adult Coloring: Are You In? Thumbnail

When was the last time you colored, not because your two-year-old commanded you to, but because you enjoyed it? Every time I walk into a craft or book store, I'm overwhelmed by the number of racks of adult coloring books! Right now, 8 of the 20 top-selling books on Amazon are coloring books. Books with [...]

Single, But Supported By So Many Thumbnail

When I began my journey to single motherhood I knew I’d need an amazing support system. And as soon as I shared my decision with those closest to me, the offers of help came pouring in. I wasn’t surprised; I’ve always known I’ve been blessed with amazing family, friends, and coworkers. But I was grateful. [...]

It’s OK to Skip All the Fancy Holiday Stuff Thumbnail

I don't know about you, but where we live, there are dozens of incredible holiday events this time of year. From parades, to illumination walks, to gingerbread house building events, if you wanted to, you could pack your December with everything holiday. It's really tempting too, because every event looks amazing, delicious, or beautiful, and [...]

Felt Thanksgiving Turkey Tutorial Thumbnail

Something about the holidays puts me in a crafty mood, so I'm sharing one more Thanksgiving project! I've seen LOTS of felt food tutorials online, but never one for a Thanksgiving turkey quite like this (precooked!). One of the best things about this project is that it costs almost nothing (felt is 39 cents per [...]

Why We Co-Sleep…Whenever They Want Thumbnail

We let our children come into our beds whenever they want to. The baby sleeps in a crib, but for the five and two year old, our bed is available for them whenever they have a bad dream, want extra snuggles, or just need some company in the middle of the night. Everyone starts the [...]

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 [...]

The Best Things About Having a Third Baby Thumbnail

According to research, three kids are the most stressful number to have. I can see this. There are a few times in the day when everyone needs something RIGHT NOW and I wish I could grow like three more arms. Or, as my son pointed out yesterday, if there were three of me, I could [...]

5 Steps to Make Your Birthday Happy When You’re a Mom Thumbnail

On the day before my birthday, I pulled a blank piece of paper out of the printer, folded it in half, and handed it to my daughter. “Tomorrow is mommy’s birthday,” I informed her. “Would you please make me a card?” Birthday?? That’s the magic word for kids! So why are they so utterly incapable [...]

The Changes Pregnancy Brings Thumbnail

A year has passed, and I’m still sitting at the kitchen table, working on the computer, with only the cat keeping me company. My heart is still trilling with excitement, my stomach still churning with anxiety. At first glance it might seem nothing has changed. But, really, everything has changed. A year ago I made [...]

It’s Graduation Time. But I Don’t Know What to Do. Thumbnail

Next month, if all goes as planned, I will be awarded my doctorate of education. It feels so good to finally be able to say that. It's been a long four years. It's been four years of year round schooling, two internships, one action research study, two babies, and two deployments for my husband. I've [...]