• Lifestyle,  Parenthood

    Maintaining Healthy Friendships As An Adult

    Child’s Play Do you remember back in elementary school when life was so easy and making new friends was as simple as saying “Hey, cool light up shoes! Want to be friends?” And just like that, you had yourself a new best friend. It’s a bit more difficult at 30-something to walk up and just ask someone if they want to be friends. They will probably think you’re crazy. There are steps you have to take now. Small talk, social media swapping, eventually phone numbers but don’t call or text too soon or too often. It’s like we’ve added rules to making and maintaining adult friendships, and now it’s just…

  • Motivation,  Parenthood

    Granting Myself Grace

    This post is inspired by a book called Grace, Not Perfection: Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy written by Emily Ley. To read more or purchase your own copy, click here. (Please note this is an affiliate link, which simply means that if you make a purchase using that link, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.) Have you ever wondered why it’s so easy for us to see the good in others, yet it’s so hard for us to see the positive in ourselves? We can seem to explain why someone else deserves grace, but are ruthless when it comes to granting ourselves even the smallest…

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    Lifestyle,  Parenthood

    A Beginner’s Guide to Disney World

    My husband and I had been talking about a family vacation to Walt Disney World for years. Like many families, it was something that we thought would just be way too expensive for a family of six. We’ve been paying a lot more attention to our finances and decided that this year, if we could create and stick to a savings plan, use some of our tax refund, then we could totally make our dreams a reality. I normally consider myself to be a pretty good planner. But despite all the blogs, articles, and videos out there, nothing could have prepared me completely for what it meant to plan our…

  • Parenthood

    A Letter to My Only Daughter

    My Dear Baby Ruth, You are growing so fast right before my eyes, and as much as I wish I could, I can’t slow it down for even a moment. It seems like just yesterday I was taking laps around the labor and delivery ward hallways because you wanted to take your time. You have always done things at your own pace and somehow seem to amaze me more and more every day. In just a few short months you’ll be turning two, and while I know you can’t read this just yet I wanted to let you in on a few things. First and foremost, I love you to…

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    Parenthood

    My Birthday Mocation: Part Two

    This post may contain affiliate links, which just means that if you purchase something through that link, I may earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Please see Privacy Disclosure for more information.   Lunch Date & a Movie After my massage on Monday I felt like I had officially hit the reset button. The sun seemed like it was shining brighter, rainbows decorated the sky and birds and squirrels were serenading me in true Disney fashion. Okay so maybe it didn’t play out exactly like that, but it sure felt like it. I decided on Chipotle for lunch. A sofritas (tofu) salad with the works felt like…

  • Parenthood

    My Birthday Momcation: Part One

    Day 1: Checking In It is quiet. Really quiet. I’m playing music low from my phone while catching up on social media online. Around nine my oldest FaceTimed me, snuggling the babies in his lap, asking for their bedtime prayers. Whenever I feel like I am slacking in the mom department, he is right there to remind me when I’ve done something right. I feel a little guilty for leaving them and escaping to do ‘non-mom stuff’, but I need to be at my best for them. If you follow me on Twitter, you probably know that I ended up not going to the beach. I’m a little disappointed that…

  • Motivation,  Parenthood

    How to Regroup After Losing Your Cool

    It’s a normal day. Everything is going great, and then IT happens. The catalyst. Like a tiny grain of sand inside the shell of an oyster. It’s not major, but it’s irritating and you can’t shake it no matter what. You try everything you can think of to move past it, and just when you think you’re over it – Wait, something else just went wrong. Now you’re frustrated, and you’ve officially declared that today is going to be a bad day. You’re grumpy and exhausted and you just don’t feel like dealing with anyone. Then, out of nowhere – SNAP!!! We all lose our cool in different ways, but…