When You’re in the Trenches of Motherhood

This season of life can be a tough one. This parenting thing, it's a battle some days. One that makes me feel like I'm in the trenches. Like there is not coffee in the world (or in this giant mug) to get through this day/week/month/life. I thought it was really tough when they were all little. I think sometimes, oh, how I miss those days when we could just nap and nurse and not have any ...

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A Slow Summer (plus a free printable)

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I really can't believe fall is around the corner. This summer we did things a little bit differently and it ended up being a huge blessing for all of us. As the school year wound down last May and summer started up, the hustle and bustle of family life was really starting to wear on me. I didn't know it at the time. In fact, I didn't know it until we really started to slow down and reconnect. ...

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Recent Favorite Things + What I’m Reading

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I thought it would be fun to share a few of my recent favorite things. Like Oprah, minus the whole giving you a car and making you pay the taxes. (You're welcome.) I did a periscope on this topic a little bit ago, you can find a video of that broadcast at the bottom of this post. Keeping with the ideas behind 40 BAGS IN 40 DAYS, I try to be mindful of what I'm spending and what is ...

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We Sold Our House and I Am Freaking Out

we sold our home! an update

A reader recently asked "How the heck are ya?" and I can't help but think of the opening scene of What About Bob?, one of my favorite movies. "I feel good. I feel great. I feel wonderful." Bob (played by Bill Murray) is very obviously not doing well. He's sweating, he looks crazy, but in an attempt to calm himself before he leaves the house keeps repeating those words.  Here's the clip if you ...

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7 Reasons Why You Need a Robot

reasons you need a robot to come clean your floors!

I really don't like to mop. Like at all. And that's really bad because these floors should probably be mopped daily. Ummm, yeah. That's gross. And now I'm embarrassed. :) So when I was asked to review the new iRobot Braava Floor Mopping Robot, I wanted to jump through the computer and hug the sender. I remained calm and said yes. When the Braava got here, or Mr. Roboto as I like to call ...

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Hey. Hi. Sup.

I find myself time and time again not knowing quite what to say. So hey. Hi. Sup? How's it going out there? You having a good day? We are. :) One kid is napping, one is in her pjs, one is in his underwear (I don't know why), and one is sitting here next to me chewing his hands and cooing. Welp, someone just lost their temper. I do that sometimes. More than I'd like to admit. And ...

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31 Ways to Have a Better Day Printable

Oh I SO need to print this out! 31 things to do to have a better day #printable

I've been asked by family, friends, and readers to make my "31 Things to Do to Have a Better Day" post into a printable version. Ask and you shall receive! This list has helped me out even when I just wanted to wallow in my bad day and stay crabby. Darn you, list. You're that good. Here's a preview of the list, but don't print this, it's not very good quality. Click through to download a ...

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Tuesday Morning


6:15 wake up when you hear your husband's alarm. fall back asleep. hear baby, nurse him. fall back asleep. wake up at 6:30 when your husband's alarm again. fall back asleep. wake up at 6:45 when you hear his alarm yet again. hear your son in his crib saying "mooooom! mom! mom! moooom!" take a now sleeping baby and move him, get out of bed. take your other son potty. get kid out of the crib, ...

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39 Weeks


I'm tired, I'm not DIY-ing much, or posting much. Most of what I feel like doing involves this: Sitting in a recliner, getting up to play with kids, take them potty, feed them, get drinks, or change diapers. And eating, don't forget that. For some reason, I feel like a crochety old lady when I complain and think that you don't want to hear about my struggles and I don't want to be a ...

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You’re a Better Mom Because of Social Media

social media makes you a better mom. Don't believe it? Here are 13 (hilarious) reasons.

I've seen many discussions on how social media can be a vice, but I was thinking today about how social media has made me a better person. More specifically, a better mom. Instead of a cute project or idea (I've got nothing today, sorry folks), I'm going to tell you why you're a better mom. 1.) You have to get them dressed. If there's a chance we're doing something fun I don't want to commit ...

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